8/8/2007

Airlines are arguing that flight delays will worsen if Congress fails to fund ATC system modernization. Commercial carriers and their passengers provide more than 90% of the taxes that fund the system, yet they consume closer to 74% of the costs of running it, the FAA estimates. Airlines arguing for a change in how the system is funded have released an advertising campaign calling for the end of corporate jet subsidies by commercial airline passengers. FAA Administrator Marion Blakey noted that commercial carriers pay $3,600 in fees and taxes for a flight from New York to Los Angeles, but a corporate jet traveling the same route contributes only $300.

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