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GBTA Pleased Congress Heard Message That PFC Increase Would Harm U.S. Economy

PFC Increase Left Out of Omnibus Spending Bill

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Tonight, Congress released the details of the Fiscal Year 2018 Omnibus spending bill, which would fund the government through September. The Global Business Travel Association was pleased to see that attempts to increase air passengers’ flight costs were rebuffed. Congressional leaders rejected a proposal from Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) to increase the cap on passenger facility charges (PFC) from $4.50 to $8.50.

GBTA to Congress: A PFC Increase Will Ultimately Harm U.S. Economy

Discouraging Business Travel Hurts GDP, Jobs and Wages

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Today, the Global Business Travel Association sent letters to the Senate and House Appropriations Committees to remove an increase in the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) from the FY2018 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations Act. As currently written, the THUD Appropriations bill would increase the cap on the PFC from $4.50 to $8.50. The estimated cost, $2.6 billion, would be levied on all travelers purchasing airlines tickets.

GBTA to Congress: Don’t Increase the PFC

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“The IATA study confirms that any PFC increase will have a negative economic impact,” said Michael W. McCormick, GBTA executive director and COO. “This is especially true for the business traveler as the PFC is essentially a tax on the cost of doing business. Money spent on taxes and fees is money that is not spent supporting economic growth and job creation. Congress should reject any PFC increase.”

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