ATA CEO pushes back against higher airport passenger fees

U.S. airports are asking Congress to raise the limit on passenger facility charges -- a move opposed by the airline industry -- as part of a bill to reauthorize FAA programs and funding. Testifying Wednesday before a Senate subcommittee, Charles Barclay, president of the American Association of Airport Executives, argued that the cap should be raised from $4.50 to $7.50 per passenger to keep pace with inflation and spiraling construction costs. But James May, president and CEO of the Air Transport Association, disagreed. "Given the economic environment we're in today, we're not in favor," of the higher limits, he said.

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