Delta strongly opposes the proposal by the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee to raise the Passenger Facilities Charge (PFC) from $4.50 to $8.50 for departing flights. A record $3.6 billion in airport PFC taxes is already forecast to be collected this year; an additional tax increase is not only unnecessary but also harmful. Studies by the U.S. Government Accountability Office repeatedly conclude that for every $1 increase in the PFC, passenger demand declines by more than 1 percent. Delta has invested more than $7 billion in airport projects in the last decade, and it will invest an additional $12 billion in the years ahead. Other major U.S. carriers are making significant investments of their own. In light of these and other resources already available to airports, hard-working Americans should not have to abide another tax increase on their plane tickets.

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