Government Relations

Be Heard - - Your Voice Matters

Dear Members,

Welcome to the Government Relations webpage. Soon, you will be receiving email blasts on GBTA's Government reports. On the left side bar on this page we have direct links to GBTA's Government website page bringing you all the latest on what GBTA is doing for our industry.  Please check back often for updates.

GBTAPAC works for us all every day. They are fighting to get legislation passed that effects our industry, such as lower travel taxes, creating a better infrastructure, and defending passenger rights.  This impacts us all no matter what type of member you are and they are our voice in Washington.

I will continue to inform you on any pressing issues that need immediate attention. By mobilizing together our voices are heard in Washington, DC. I have seen this first hand by attending the GBTA Legislative Summit meeting. I experienced the power of a political action committee and what they can accomplish. I urge you to participate in our grass roots effort that will affect you and our businesses.

I encourage you to make a contribution to GBTAPAC. The donation form is located on the left side of this page. You can fax or mail in the form for any amount you can contribute. They must come from a personal not a business or corporate account. Please remember to note you are a member of the NYCBTA Chapter. If you have any questions, please contact me.

Many thanks,

Kelly A. Ferrigno

Director of Government & Public Relations

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Weekly Updates

AIR PASSENGERS: GBTA Executive Director Mike McCormick recently met with high ranking Department of Transportation officials to discuss proposals to remove air passenger protections. Mike informed the officials that Corporations have recognized the importance and obligations of Duty of Care. DOT consumer protection regulations are the planks of these Duty of Care plans.  The removal of these basic protections will disrupt the consistency and application of corporations’ travel and duty of care policies. Stay tuned for more information.

MARCH MADNESS: It is really true that work productivity plummets on the first two days of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament and Washington DC is no exception. Today, we all continue to wait for the release of the FY 19 Omnibus spending bill language– remember the deadline is May 23. Earlier in the week, House leaders were hopeful they would be able to release the plans to fund the operations of the federal government. However, issues continue to arise and it is not clear when it will be released. As a result, we have no word if the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) increase will be included. 

As a reminder, PFCs are capped at $4.50 per flight segment with a maximum of two PFCs charged on a one-way trip or four PFCs on a round trip, for a maximum of $18 total. The Senate’s proposed $4 increase on the first leg of a flight will increase the round-trip maximum to $26.

Contact your Senators and Representatives through this
(It is an Airlines for America site) and tell them NO on increasing the PFC.

IT’S TOO HOT: Lawmakers are signaling that the FAA will be extended for four months. This latest extension would put the deadline for authorization right around the time of the GBTA Legislative Summit in June. “My hope is that this will end up being end of July," Senate Commerce Chairman John Thune (R-SD) told reporters Tuesday, adding that he's "not at the table making the final decisions, but I think that's the time frame being discussed." And House Transportation Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) told Politico’s Brianna Gurciullo that a long-term bill could hit that chamber's floor by "late spring, early summer." That would give Congress until the August recess to get a multi-year reauthorization to President Donald Trump's desk.