Club 20 backs airport fees

Airports ought to be able to increase fees aimed at funding improvements, Club 20 said Friday as it opened its spring meeting at Two Rivers Convention Center.

The board of the Western Slope lobbying and promotional organization unanimously approved a resolution supporting the idea of allowing airports to increase those fees, which are now capped at $4.50 per passenger.

No increase has been allowed since 2000, “diminishing the real purchasing power” of the charges, the organization said.

Legislation to eliminate the cap on the fees is pending in the U.S, House.

The Investing in America: Rebuilding America’s Airport Infrastructure Act, H.R. 1265, is structured to increase funding for smaller airports, according to its sponsor, Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore.

Increasing the cap on the charge would give airports on the Western Slope “greater options for local control as these communities are aware of their local needs,” Club 20 said in its resolution.

The Club 20 spring meeting continues today at Two Rivers, beginning with addresses by U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton and U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, both Colorado Republicans, and discussions about education and several other issues, including industrial hemp.


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