WASHINGTON - An increase to the passenger facilities charge that would fill airport coffers with more than $1 billion dollars in additional revenue each year could be included in a long-delayed aviation bill, but a House-proposed 55% increase may be unlikely because of political obstacles in the Senate, congressional staffers said Friday.

Airports use the passenger facilities charges, or PFCs, to back airport bonds. A bill to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration's funding that includes an increase of PFCs to $7 from $4.50 was approved by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee earlier this month but faces significant hurdles in the Senate, where Republican opposition prevented passage of a reauthorization bill last year. The FAA has been funded for two years by short-term extensions as a result of fighting over issues including the PFC provision.

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