A National Airline Policy?
When the battle between the airlines and the Department of Transportation (DOT) was raging over long tarmac delays, the airlines had me totally convinced how this would, in the end, be bad for you. However, the DOT (got to love the federal government) and some headstrong consumer advocates held firm and when strict new tarmac standards were put in place – long tarmac delays all but disappeared. Somebody wasn’t telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
Now the airlines are once again calling for some major changes in the nation’s air travel structure – many of which I have proposed for some time.
- Reduce Taxes (you knew that one was coming didn’t you?)
- Reform Regulatory Burden
- Modernize Air Traffic System
- Compete Globally
- Stabilize Energy Prices
Each Thursday, we will look at the possible positive and negative impacts these priorities would have on your air travel including the price you pay.
Federal Fees and Taxes
Yesterday I booked a party of two on a non-stop Southwest Airlines flight from Baltimore to Phoenix for travel on August 5-11. Southwest’s "Wanna Get Away" fare of $579.80 RT.
Base fare (the amount Southwest Airlines gets)$519.06
Taxes and fees (the amount the Government gets)$60.74
Total cost we would pay$579.80 – each of us
I also booked Baltimore – Phoenix – RT by bus
Base Fare (the amount the bus company gets)$218.00
Taxes and fees (the amount the bus terminal gets)$5.00
Total cost we would pay$223.00 – each of us
I am sure most would agree that the taxes and fees seem a little out of line – NO Federal or State taxes – just a Terminal fee when taking the bus. Both are mass transportation – why shouldn’t they have the same taxes?
A new National Airline Policy is being proposed. As air travelers – get involved! It’s your wallet that’s being hit and it’s your city’s service that could be impacted. I invite you to Keep up with their news and Sign the Petition.