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Airline Competition: The Average Number of Competitors in Markets Serving the Majority of Passengers Has Changed Little in Recent Years, but Stakeholders Voice Concerns about Competition
GAO-14-515: Published: Jun 11, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 11, 2014.
The U.S. passenger airline industry has returned to profitability following the recent economic recession. From 2007 through 2012, the industry generated approximately $21.7 billion in operating profits despite losing about $5.6 billion in 2008. U.S. airlines maintained approximately $13 billion in cash reserves in 2012. Growth in revenue has driven industry profits, aided by increased passenger t...
Highway Trust Fund: Pilot Program Could Help Determine the Viability of Mileage Fees for Certain Vehicles
GAO-13-77: Published: Dec 13, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 8, 2013.
Mileage-based user fee initiatives in the United States and abroad show that such fees can lead to more equitable and efficient use of roadways by charging drivers based on their actual road use and by providing pricing incentives to reduce road use. Mileage fees for passenger vehicles, however, continue to face significant public concerns related to privacy as well as cost challenges. Privacy con...
Commercial Aviation: Better Information about Airline-Imposed Fees and the Refundability of Government-Imposed Taxes and Fees Could Benefit Consumers
GAO-10-885T: Published: Jul 14, 2010. Publicly Released: Jul 14, 2010.
This testimony discusses various issues affecting airline passengers, including airline-imposed fees, mishandled baggage, and the refundability of various government-imposed taxes and fees to passengers. The U.S. passenger airline industry has been under tremendous financial pressure over the last decade, first from security threats that inhibited air travel, then from volatile fuel costs, and mor...
Commercial Aviation: Consumers Could Benefit from Better Information about Airline-Imposed Fees and Refundability of Government-Imposed Taxes and Fees
GAO-10-785: Published: Jul 14, 2010. Publicly Released: Jul 14, 2010.
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 percent excise tax that funds the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, which helps fund the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), many new optional fees are not. As requested, this rep...
Commercial Aviation: Airline Industry Contraction Due to Volatile Fuel Prices and Falling Demand Affects Airports, Passengers, and Federal Government Revenues
GAO-09-393: Published: Apr 21, 2009. Publicly Released: Apr 23, 2009.
The U.S. passenger airline industry is vital to the U.S. economy. Airlines directly generate billions of dollars in revenues each year and catalyze economic growth. Interest in the airlines' ability to weather volatile fuel prices and the economic recession led to congressional requests for a GAO review. GAO examined how (1) the financial condition of the U.S. passenger airline industry has change...
Unified Motor Carrier Fee System: Progress Made but Challenges to Implementing New System Remain
GAO-07-771R: Published: May 25, 2007. Publicly Released: May 25, 2007.
The congressionally established unified carrier fee system was not implemented before its predecessor, the Single State Registration System, expired thereby preventing states from collecting fees from for-hire motor carriers and other related entities. The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) mandated that a new unified carrier fee syste...
Aviation Fees: Review of Air Carriers' Year 2000 Passenger and Property Screening Costs
GAO-05-558: Published: Apr 18, 2005. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 2005.
The Aviation and Transportation Security Act (ATSA) authorized the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to impose an Aviation Security Infrastructure Fee (ASIF) on air carriers to help pay for the costs of aviation security services. To impose the ASIF, TSA issued an Interim Final Rule (IFR) and required air carriers to report their passenger and property screening costs incurred in 2000 o...
Summary Analysis of Federal Commercial Aviation Taxes and Fees
GAO-04-406R: Published: Mar 12, 2004. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 2004.
For 2001 through the third quarter of 2003, the U.S. airline industry reported operating losses of $20.7 billion. A number of factors--including the economic slowdown, a shift in business travel buying behavior, and the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks--contributed to these losses by reducing passenger and cargo volumes and depressing fares. To improve their financial positio...
Airline Ticketing: Impact of Changes in the Airline Ticket Distribution Industry
GAO-03-749: Published: Jul 31, 2003. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 2003.
In 2002, when major U.S. airlines posted net operating losses of almost $10 billion, they paid over $7 billion to distribute tickets to consumers. Of these total distribution expenses, airlines paid hundreds of millions of dollars in booking fees to global distribution systems--the companies who package airline flight schedule and fare information so that travel agents can query it to "book" (i.e...
Airport Financing: Use of Funds for Capital Improvements at Chicago O'Hare International Airport
RCED-00-275R: Published: Sep 29, 2000. Publicly Released: Oct 5, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the use of funds for capital improvements at Chicago O'Hare International Airport, focusing on several funding sources: (1) the Airport Improvement Program (AID), a grant program administered by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); (2) passenger facility charges, (PFC) a per-passenger fee levied on each passenger enplaning at t...