To supplement fare revenues, airlines are increasingly charging fees for optional passenger services, notably for checked baggage, for which separate charges did not previously exist. While air fares are subject to a 7.5% excise tax that funds the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, which helps fund the FAA, many new optional fees are not. This report addresses: (1) the nature, relationship to cost, and disclosure of airline fees; (2) the potential impact of such fees on the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, (3) checked and mishandled baggage issues; and (4) the process, if any, for refunding govAit.-imposed taxes and fees when passengers do not use non-refundable tickets. Includes recommendations. Charts and tables.... nature and scope of the fees airlines charge to passengers, are the fees commensurate with the costs of the services provided, ... (3) What changes have taken place in the numbers of checked and mishandled bags, amount of compensation paid to ... used a semi-structured interview instrument, which asked questions pertaining to airline-imposed fees and how fee amounts were set. ... Two airlinesaVirgin America and Spirit Airlinesadid not respond to our request for information.
|Author||:||Gerald L. Dillingham|
|Publisher||:||DIANE Publishing - 2010-11|