FAA Congestion Pricing a ‘Bad Idea,’ NBAA Says

 - April 24, 2008, 11:03 AM

The FAA’s proposal to cut airline delays by imposing peak-period pricing to reduce congestion at busy airports is a “bad idea,” according to NBAA, “with no positive consequences and the limitless possibility of unintended negative consequences.” The National Air Transportation Association commented that “the proposed amendment is a short-term fix to a long-term problem,” and that the FAA should focus on “runway expansions and airport improvements to aid traffic flow at the most congested airports.” AOPA president Phil Boyer added, “The agency’s proposal does nothing to improve the national air transportation system and could in fact hurt general aviation’s access to airports.” The key element of the FAA’s congestion pricing proposal is a rule change to allow a two-part landing fee based on operations and aircraft weight. NBAA and AOPA believe that allowing airports to impose the two-part landing fee would make it easier for airports to limit smaller aircraft traffic, including GA operations, and create incentives for airlines to use larger aircraft.