If you’ve traveled lately, you know what a nightmare it is.. Overbooked flights (because of the reduced number of flights), constant delays, missed connections, etc.
Because airlines are operating on razor-thin margins these days, they’re gouging the hell out of the consumers.. Charging $20-25 to check a bag, $8 for a meal, $8 to watch a movie, etc.
If the government has their way, passengers can expect even higher fares and more fees! The Obama administration has proposed a $100-per-flight takeoff tax to help reduce the federal deficit. Imposing such a tax would be a “crushing tax burden” for U.S. airlines. Jeff Smisek, CEO of United Continental Holdings, wrote a story for his airline’s in-flight magazine, where he talks quite frankly about the implications of such a bill.
He says that the airline industry already pays 17 taxes, and an increased tax load could lead carriers to raise fares and cut flights to some smaller markets. “Washington is attempting to make U.S. airlines its piggy bank.”
When flying on US Airways last month, there was a similar story written by US Airways Chairman and CEO Doug Parker, where he talked about how this new set of taxes would affect jobs:
If you’re looking for a formula to kill jobs, a key ingredient would be a tax increase on commercial aviation. Unfortunately, there are proposals in Washington, D.C., to do just that — taxes that would triple passengers’ security taxes and add a $100 departure tax to each flight. This new set of taxes would strike our economy hard with 181,000 lost jobs in 2012, and 329,000 losses by 2021.
No one wants to see less airline service and another 329,000 Americans moving to the unemployment lines.
So how do we fight this? Visit stopairtaxnow.com today and tell Washington that airline taxes are high enough and do not need to be raised. Tell them you want to preserve air service and jobs.
If we don’t speak up now, the results could be devastating!
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