The budget released by President Obama Monday contains dismal
news for airline passengers, business aviation, and many larger
airports. The budget calls for increases in airline passenger fees,
and resurrects the $100 per flight fee on GA in an effort to raise
$32 billion over the next ten years. The budget also calls for cuts
in Airport Improvement Grants, suggesting that airlines should pay
a higher portion of the cost of improving the airports they
Reuters reports that, among the fees proposed in the President's
budget, the security fee passengers pay for screening themselves
and baggage would increase 50 cents per ticket each year beginning
in 2014, topping out a $7.50 per ticket by 2018. The move is
expected to raise between $9 and $25.5 billion over the next 10
years. Homeland security could continue to increase the fee at its
discretion through regulations.
Back in the budget is the $100-per-departure fee charged to
airlines and many GA aircraft for the privilege of using the Air
Traffic Control system. That fee would rake in $7.4 billion,
according to the administration. It is strongly opposed by the NBAA
and other aviation organizations.
And, the budget would cut guaranteed funding for improvements at
medium and large airports by nearly a billion dollars. Airports
would be allowed to raise their own revenue through ticket
surcharges to make up the shortfall.