Fee Talk Creates Some Turbulence

Arnold Palmer and other private fliers oppose a plan to pay for the air-traffic control system

May, president of the airline lobby, discounted the notion that commercial carriers are threatened by business aviation and that business flights would decrease with the addition of user fees. He said the average increased cost per flight is estimated at less than $500.

"I somehow don't think the CEO of Coca-Cola or Anheuser-Busch or Arnold Palmer cannot afford to pay a $400 fee for the use of a system that is modern and safe and enables them to go when and where they please," he said.

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