US Travel Association: Senate missed major opportunity to make real difference
US Travel Association Executive Vice President for Public Affairs Jonathan Grella issued the following statement on the markup of S.1405, the “Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2017”:
“The Senate missed a major opportunity here to make a real difference for flyers, our airports, the travel industry and our economy alike by not advancing any adjustments to the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) user fee cap. Our travel system is outdated and being pushed to the limit, and we need to start addressing these major infrastructure challenges before the consequences get much worse.
“Airport infrastructure modernization has bipartisan, majority support in Senate Commerce. It’s a shame that a sensible, effective idea like adjusting the PFC user fee cap didn’t see the light of day in either chamber.
“It’s time for a reset. Our system has worsening security, connectivity and efficiency infrastructure needs. That apparently was not enough to spur the first action in nearly two decades.”