Traveler Taxes Awarded to Small Airports

Passengers pay as many as six separate taxes and fees on a single airline ticket, adding up to more than $104 billion since 1997, the AP found.


Former Pennsylvania congressman James Coyne, now president of the National Air Transportation Association, said that doesn't negate the fact that the federal government has squandered aviation money over the past two decades.

"Certainly billions of dollars were wasted because of mismanagement," said Coyne, whose group represents charter, tour and commuter aviation operators and opposes eliminating passenger taxes. "Now, there must be some accountability."


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