WASHINGTON — Passenger facility charges have become a key source for securing debt used to build and maintain airport infrastructure, and that role is likely to continue to grow, according to a new report from Fitch Ratings.

PFCs are a per-passenger fees collected from passengers by the airlines on behalf of the airports. PFCs have been federally capped at $4.50 since 2000, despite airport lobbying to raise or eliminate the cap in order to offset inflation.

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