Airlines for America (A4A) has released an infographic highlighting the excessive tax burden imposed on its customers and urges support for a national airline policy campaign.
The U.S. aviation industry is subjected to 17 different taxes, with approximately 20 percent – or $61 – of a typical $300 roundtrip domestic ticket going directly to Washington, D.C., A4A says.
In fact, A4A says federal tax rates on air travel exceed those of alcohol and tobacco sales, the so-called “sin” products that are taxed at the highest levels to discourage their use.
A4A says it is renewing its call for a National Airline Policy that will help reduce these taxes and ensure ticket prices remain affordable for both consumers and businesses.
A4A’s proposed policy includes the following key points:
• Reduces taxes and fees on airfares for travelers and shippers.
• Reforms antiquated regulations that add unnecessary costs and do not benefit customers or safety.
• Modernizes the nation’s Air Traffic Control System to reduce delays and emissions.
• Level the playing field to allow for a globally competitive U.S. airline industry (like offering more services and routes.)
• Stabilizes energy prices through a balanced and comprehensive national energy policy.
A4A says travelers can learn more by following the National Airline Policy campaign on Facebook at facebook.com/nationalairlinepolicy, Twitter at twitter.com/natl_air_policy and Google+ at http://bit.ly/Xi4PGg, and sign the petition at http://nationalairlinepolicy.com/.