Obama budget could boost fees on airline tickets

NEWARK - Airline travelers would pay more to help finance airport projects under President Barack Obama's budget plan.

The plan to raise the "passenger facility charge" by $2.50 each way is included in Obama's proposed $3.7 trillion budget for fiscal 2012. The fees would help offset cuts in airport grants and help to pay for airport improvements around the country.

Just because it's in the president's budget doesn't mean the increased facility charge will fly. Some Republicans with a hand in writing aviation laws oppose the proposal.

Airlines are also fighting the plan, saying it amounts to a $2 billion tax increase on the flying public.

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