Sunday, January 29, 2006
Airlines let fly over taxes, fees
As government eyes reforms, struggling industry gets loud
BY SUSAN TODD
The Newark (NJ) Star-Ledger
It may be one of the longest running gripes in business. The U.S. airlines are fuming over the special taxes the federal government collects to pay for the nation’s air traffic control system. Under the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, Continental, American, JetBlue and others pay a variety of excise taxes, passing the brunt of them along to passengers as part of the price of flying.