by Michael J. Shapiro | April 17, 2013

 Increased aviation taxes and fees in the fiscal 2014 White House budget proposal are facing opposition from industry organizations. According to Airlines for America, the budget proposal will result in increased cost of air travel, cost jobs, limit air service options to small and medium communities, and harm the U.S. economy. Airline taxes would go up by 29 percent, says the group. The budget also proposes instituting or raising a number of fees and taxes: The Transportation Security Administration passenger security tax would be tripled to $7.50 for each one-way trip by 2019; a new $100 flight departure tax would be added; the passenger facilities charge would go from $4.50 per flight segment to $8; Department of Homeland Security customs fees would rise from $5.50 to $7.50, and the immigration fee would rise from $7 to $9. "The President's budget represents an unprecedented tax grab on the backs of airlines and their customers, who already pay more than their fair share of taxes," said A4A president and CEO Nicholas E. Calio.
The Global Business Travel Association voiced similar opposition. "Business travelers will retreat in the face of doubled passenger facility charges and TSA fees," said GBTA executive director and COO Michael W. McCormick in a statement. "Let's allow the business travel industry to do what it does best — grow the nation's economy and create jobs." The organization did, however, voice support for some aspects of the budget proposal. "Continued investments in NextGen and expansion of trusted-traveler programs will put more road warriors on planes and in hotels and restaurants," said McCormick.