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May 20, 2019
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PFC hike not way to fund upgrades
Leading taxpayer advocate and president of the National Taxpayers Union, Pete Sepp, said Congress should look for other ways to fund road and bridge repairs, instead of diverting airline taxes for other uses. "The total government burden on an airline ticket is now exceeding an average of 20%," he said. "That's a higher tax rate than most middle-class travelers will pay on their 1040 tax return."
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JetBlue to offer Pepsi products
On June 3, JetBlue will switch from Coca-Cola to Pepsi products for its in-flight beverage services. "JetBlue is always looking for ways to refresh our onboard experience," an airline spokesperson said.
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Pa. airport to receive $2.9M for modernization work
Pittsburgh International Airport was approved for an additional $2.9 million in spending, in conjunction with its $1.1 billion modernization plans. The funds will be used toward the construction of a building for ticketing, security and baggage claim.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (tiered subscription model) (5/17) 
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FAA grants $15M to Ohio airport
Ohio's Rickenbacker International Airport will receive $15 million from the Federal Aviation Administration to fund improvements, including runway upgrades.
WTAP-TV (Parkersburg, W.Va.)/The Associated Press (5/19) 
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La. airport prepares to debut terminal
The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is preparing to open a $1.3 billion terminal later this year. "As this market continues to grow we are in better position to handle the growth in this market," said Kevin Dolliole, director of aviation at the airport.
CNBC (5/17) 
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3 Wash. airports receive FAA funding for upgrades
The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded $1.1 million to Arlington Municipal Airport in Washington as part of $1 billion Congress set aside for improvements to non-primary airports. Other airports to receive funds in the state are located in Port Townsend and Davenport.
HeraldNet (Everett, Wash.) (5/19) 
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Festivals bring record number of passengers to Va. airport
Norfolk International Airport in Virginia saw a 13% uptick in travelers in April from a year before for a record-breaking month, largely due to festivals being held in the area. The airport is on target for a 14% passenger increase for the year.
WAVY-TV (Portsmouth, Va.) (5/18) 
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