U.S. airline executives, working with Airlines for America, have launched a campaign to create a national airline policy to replace what A4A President and CEO Nicholas Calio referred to as "hodge-podge of ill-thought-out regulations and taxes." A4A "would seek to have Congress enact legislation for elements of the National Airline Policy," CNN says. Federal taxes make up about 20% of an average $300 ticket, A4A says. "That is going to hurt the country over time, not help," says Doug Parker, chairman of US Airways. "Obviously transportation is the life blood of any economy," said Gary Kelly, CEO of Southwest Airlines. "Air transportation in particular obviously plays a very significant part of that."

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