Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, released the following statement in response to the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) recent effort to oppose the Transparent Airfares Act in Congress.
“Airline travelers across the country should find it alarming that DOT would actively oppose bipartisan efforts in Congress designed to engage and inform consumers about just how much of their airfare purchase consists of government-imposed taxes and fees.
“The Transparent Airfares Act was voted unanimously out of committee by lawmakers from both parties, which is a rarity in today’s Congress. At the heart of the bipartisan support for this legislation is the principle, jointly shared by Republicans and Democrats alike, that consumers deserve to clearly know just how much they are paying in federally imposed taxes and fees every time they purchase a ticket.
"It’s disingenuous for bureaucrats in Washington to try and shield blame for taxes on the air travel of American citizens – particularly when the Administration’s own budget calls for an additional $4.2 billion in taxes on airline customers. Burying these significant charges from the customers who pay them is irresponsible public policy and only incentivizes these same bureaucrats to continue driving up the cost for air travel through arbitrary tax hikes.
"Rather than stand in the way of the transparency airline customers deserve, the Administration should join Congress and take steps to lower costs for consumers while also rising to the level of transparency it demands of others.”
Annually, commercial aviation helps drive nearly $1.5 trillion in U.S. economic activity and more than 11 million U.S. jobs. Airlines for America (A4A) vigorously advocates on behalf of the American airline industry as a model of safety, customer service and environmental responsibility and as the indispensable network that drives our nation's economy and global competitiveness. Our member carriers and their affiliates transport more than 90 percent of all U.S. airline passenger and cargo traffic.
America needs a cohesive National Airline Policy that will support the integral role the nation's airlines play in connecting people and goods globally, spur the nation's economic growth and create more high-paying jobs. A4A works collaboratively with the airlines, labor groups, Congress and the Administration to improve air travel for everyone.
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