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American Airlines seeks to extend cap on jet fuel sales tax

American Airlines seeks to extend cap on jet fuel sales tax

While U.S. airlines are pushing the Obama administration to renegotiate the Open Skies Treaty, citing that Gulf carriers Emirates, Etihad and Qatar receive unfair government subsidies, American Airlines is pushing to get a break of its own in North Carolina.

American Airlines seeks to extend cap on jet fuel sales tax

Courtesy of: Reuters

An American Airlines lobbyist told Charlotte, NC business and government leaders on Thursday that American is seeking to receive sales tax exemption on jet fuel this year.

North Carolina has a jet fuel cap tax of $2.5 million a year and that tax is set to expire later this year. Presently, NC refunds airlines any fuel sales tax they pay beyond $2.5 million. If the tax break isn’t extended then American’s fuel bill could rise by $15.5 million for a grand total of $18 million.

If the tax break isn’t extended, it would make Charlotte the third most expensive hub in terms of jet fuel, trailing LAX and ORD. DFW isn’t on the list despite it being American’s largest hub because the State of Texas does not charge a jet fuel tax.

So I guess Delta, American, and United can argue against subsidies and government breaks when it isn’t beneficial to them.

“Fair” is always in the eye of the beholder, I guess…

 

Source: Charlotte Observer

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2 Comments on American Airlines seeks to extend cap on jet fuel sales tax

  1. How about these same greedy airlines lower the prices of tickets for lower fuel costs? Not gonna happen here!! That is why I drive more and fly less.

  2. You say that the fuel tax cap is a subsidy, but I would hardly call not taxing something a subsidy. Only the government would consider not taxing something to be a subsidy.

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