Airlines for America is not in favor of added airline ticket taxes.
Airlines 4 America, the lobbying group representing major airlines, was handing out air sickness bags Monday at Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. The reason: The airlines don’t want Congress to add any more taxes to your plane tickets.
According to the group, Congress could increase passenger security fees as part of a new budget deal. That’s a problem, the airline industry says, because it is already considerably taxed. The group’s release says: “ Over the past four decades, the tax burden on a typical $300 round-trip ticket has nearly tripled from $22 to $61.”
Airlines 4 America has created an entire website called Stop Air Tax Now. According to the group:
- Aviation is subject to 17 different federal taxes and fees, with the industry contributing nearly $19 billion to federal coffers in 2012.
- Airlines and passengers paid $2.3 billion in taxes and fees to fund the TSA in 2012, twice as much as the industry paid in 2002.
- Between 2007 and 2012, the TSA budget rose 19 percent while the number of people screened dropped 11 percent.
Los Angeles International Airport is on track for a record year for international passenger traffic, according to airport officials.
How can LAX attract more airlines to the Tom Bradley International terminal? One consultant says the key is to let carriers take the lead. Photo by Brad Graverson.
What’s the key to attracting new routes for Los Angeles International Airport?
Our friends at flightstats.com, are out with some great on-time data from October 2013. How does your favorite airline compare?
Airlines 4 America, the industry lobbying group, released some interesting data on Thursday. I’ll summarize some of it here, but it is worth remembering that this data is generated by people who are paid by airlines.
In this slide, we learn that airlines — even though they have had a very profitable year by their standards — lag far behind other American industries.
Airports, including LAX, have far more secure balance sheets than airlines.
As I mentioned in a story last month, airlines are investing more money in their product than they have in a decade. It’ll be interesting to see how long this trend lasts.
For several years, airlines have been practicing “capacity discipline,” or reducing the number of seats in each market so they could make a great profit. But slowly, according to Airlines 4 America, seats are beginning to re-enter the marketplace.