The CEOs of US Airways, United and Southwest decried the Obama administration's plan for more aviation taxes during their quarterly earnings calls. "If we weren't already paying our fair share maybe we'd be more patriotic but, if the idea is to make America more competitive and grow the economy, this is not the way to do it," said Southwest CEO Gary Kelly. Air Transport Association CEO Nicholas Calio has been calling for a national airline policy to provide a comprehensive approach to not only help the industry survive, but also to help it thrive and contribute even more to the economy.

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