A tax bill amendment that was introduced last week by Sens. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., and Byron L. Dorgan, D-N.D., would establish a pilot program for six airports to collect potentially unlimited passenger facilities charges.

The PFCs are local taxes on air travel tickets and currently are capped at $4.50 under federal law. Airports often use PFCs to back bonds, and airport groups have been fighting for the cap on PFCs to be increased to $7.00. The Federal Aviation Administration has estimated that such an increase would boost airport revenues by as much as $1.3 billion per year.

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