US carriers are estimating the new aviation departure tax proposed by the Obama administration will cost each airline approximately $100 million every year. As the world slips towards another recession, airlines especially cannot afford a further tax burden. Gary Kelly, CEO of Southwest Airlines, says the tax would cost his company $140 million a year on top of already substantial increases in fuel costs. US Airways Group says the tax could cost $110 million a year, while AMR Corp.’s American Airlines estimates it to cost $124 million. The proposals will charge a $100 tax on each flight departure, which including
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