NBTA Encouraged by Bipartisan Senate Introduction of FAA Reauthorization
Congress Urged to Implement National Priority in 2009
In contrast to the House version of the bill passed in May, the Senate version would not change or increase airport Passenger Facility Charges. In a previous statement, NBTA contended that air travelers should not be targeted with additional charges. See Statement
Maguire continued, “We are also pleased that the Senate avoided provisions to increase Passenger Facility Charges and disrupt valuable airline alliances. We urge the Senate to move quickly to pass the FAA legislation so that final legislation can be signed by President Obama this year.”
NBTA urges further refinements to the legislation such as removing provisions that seek to micromanage airline service performance, which would be better left to market-based decisions.
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The GBTA Foundation is the education and research foundation of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the world"s premier business travel and meetings trade organization headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area with operations on six continents. Collectively, GBTA"s 9,000-plus members manage more than $345 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually. GBTA provides its growing network of more than 28,000 travel professionals and 125,000 active contacts with world-class education, events, research, advocacy and media. The Foundation was established in 1997 to support GBTA"s members and the industry as a whole. As the leading education and research foundation in the business travel industry, the GBTA Foundation seeks to fund initiatives to advance the business travel profession. The GBTA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information, see gbta.org and gbta.org/foundation.