A few weeks ago, we saw a blogpost from our Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer, Gary Kelly, about the Stop Air Tax Campaign. Many of you have responded by visiting www.southwest-outreach.com/stopairtaxnow and telling Congress that deficit reduction should not happen on the backs of the U.S. airline industry and our Customers. The momentum is building, and we need everyone’s help to make sure our voice is heard on Capitol Hill! Take action by visiting www.southwest-outreach.com/stopairtaxnow.
Take a look at the facts:
Recently, the White House sent a proposal to Congress that recommends two significant tax increases on our industry, a mandatory departure tax and an increased security tax. The proposed tax increases will greatly impact our industry and cost the airlines $3.5 billion annually and $36 billion over the next ten years. The increase in taxes is a cost our airline, our passengers, and our industry simply cannot absorb without having devastating effects on our business and the overall U.S. economy.
The Administration is recommending a mandatory $100 charge for every departure in controlled airspace, which will cost the airline industry $11 billion over the next ten years.
Additionally, the new tax recommendations would DOUBLE the passenger security tax to $5.00 per one-way trip, and TRIPLE the tax by 2017 to $7.50.
This proposed “SECURITY TAX” will cost the industry $25 billion alone, and $15 billion will go toward the federal deficit reduction rather than investing in airport or federal security. No other form of transportation bears the cost of federal security, including trains, ground transit, cruise lines, or maritime.