SECURITY FEES TO BE RAISED UNDER US AUSTERITY MEASURES

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore July 25, 2011 15:29

SECURITY FEES TO BE RAISED UNDER US AUSTERITY MEASURES

There are fears that the US government could double the security fees paid by airline passengers as part of its deficit-reduction plan. Although no firm proposals have been tabled, lobbyists representing US carriers are working to fight the prospect of the current maximum fee imposed on commercial flights being increased from its current level of $10 per round-trip ticket.

If the fee is doubled, the duty raised would increase government coffers to at least $15 billion over 10 years.

However, such a move would substantially increase ticket prices for airline passengers. Nicholas Calio, president of the Air Transport Association, called the move “unacceptable”.

Other proposals include imposing a $25 fee for each commercial and private aircraft departure and matching the depreciation schedule of corporate jets to the longer schedule that commercial airlines use.

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore July 25, 2011 15:29
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