The Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) is a fee that airlines must charge their customers for using a commercial airport. Congress authorizes the maximum PFC level – which is currently set at $4.50 per flight segment. Each airport determines how PFC monies are spent; neither the airlines nor air travelers have any say.
Moreover, under federal law, airlines must imbed the PFC in the advertised price of a ticket. So, a higher PFC means higher ticket prices for our Customers. Bottom-line: Any increase in the PFC will increase our fares.
Several pro-consumer and pro-taxpayer groups oppose a PFC increase. That is because, in part, commercial airports are in a very strong financial position today, collecting record revenues from existing PFCs, airport parking, concessions, airline-paid rents and landing fees, etc. For instance, in 2016, U.S. airports collected a groundbreaking $3.2 billion in PFCs, with 2017 totals expected to be even stronger and outpacing inflation.
Congress is currently considering a $4 increase in the PFC (or up to $13 per customer, one-way) as part of the annual funding bill for the U.S. Department of Transportation. That would mean an $8 increase for every roundtrip airfare sold in the U.S.
Thank you for standing with Southwest®! Together we can ensure our voices are heard as we ask lawmakers to do the right thing and stop the air tax now.