Airlines, Urban Airports Oppose Fuel Tax Increase for Rural Airfield Maintenance

April 16, 2019
Testifying in opposition were representatives from major airlines serving Montana, including Delta, American, Allegiant, United and the industry group Airlines for America, as well as officials with the Bozeman, Helena, Missoula and Great Falls airports.

A legislative bill that would increase the tax airlines, commercial aviators and private pilots pay on aviation fuel in an effort to route more money to rural airfields has attracted spirited opposition from airlines and urban airports.

In its current form, House Bill 661 would increase Montana’s aviation fuel tax from 4 cents to 6.5 cents a gallon and scale back a 2 cent-per-gallon refund currently provided to commercial airlines.

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