Congressional Report Disregards Negative Economic Impact

Passenger Facility Charge Increase Is Unneeded and Short Sighted

Alexandria, VA (June 21, 2015) – Today, Rep. John Mica’s (R-FL) office released a report calling passenger facility charge (PFC) increases a necessity to avoid “chaos” at airports. The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – the voice of the global business travel industry – issued the following statement in response:

Rep. Mica’s attention-getting report was designed just for that – attention. The problem with Representative Mica’s call to increase costs for travelers is that he wrongly assumes continued tax and fee increases for travelers will not impact the amount of money spent on travel.

However, GBTA economic research clearly shows that for every 1 percent increase in price there is drop in demand of one-half to one percent. Furthermore, since 2008 more than $70 billion in airport capital improvement projects have been completed, are underway or have been approved at airports across the country – without this additional funding.

Too often an increase in traveler fees is the straw that stirs the legislative funding drink, but this PFC increase could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Recently, one GBTA member estimated the proposed PFC increase would add almost $350,000 in cost annually to her company’s travel budget alone. For every 1 percent decrease in travel, the U.S. economy loses 71,000 jobs, nearly $5 billion in GDP, $3 billion in wages and $1.2 billion in tax collections.

Congress should focus on finding ways to improve the nation’s air traffic control system and the airport experience without placing an unnecessary burden on the budget of the business traveler.

CONTACT : Colleen Lerro Gallagher, +1 703-236-1133, [email protected]

À propos de l'Association mondiale des voyages d'affaires
La Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) est la première organisation commerciale de voyages d'affaires et de réunions au monde. Son siège social est situé dans la région de Washington, DC et elle opère sur six continents. Plus de 9 000 membres de GBTA gèrent chaque année plus de $345 milliards de dépenses mondiales de voyages d'affaires et de réunions. GBTA et la Fondation GBTA offrent une éducation, des événements, des recherches, des plaidoyers et des médias de classe mondiale à un réseau mondial en pleine croissance de plus de 28 000 professionnels du voyage et 125 000 contacts actifs. Pour savoir comment les voyages d'affaires stimulent la croissance durable des entreprises, gbta.org