On 25 July, the US Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies approved legislation to lift the cap on the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) from USD4.50 to USD8.50 per originating passenger.
The USD4.50 limit remains in place for transit passengers.
With bipartisan support, senators also approved a USD250 million increase in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding for fiscal year 2018.
Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) welcomed the new flexibility as it embarks on a multibillion-dollar programme of improvements at Los Angeles International Airport.
In a statement, LAWA argued that an increase in the PFC would give it a stable funding stream to help pay for these projects “without increasing federal spending”.
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