US airline industry organization Airlines for America (A4A) has applauded Georgia Governor Nathan Deal´s executive order to suspend sales taxes on jet fuel, strengthening Georgia´s position in an increasingly competitive environment by embracing a business climate that values air transportation, promotes travel and attracts potential new carriers to the state, the company said.
Carriers continue to invest more into improving their product and customer experience than ever before, yet they must examine market forces such as consumer demand and the state´s tax burden before making these decisions. The executive order places Georgia among the increasing number of states that are making competitive decisions to lower jet fuel taxes in favor of growth, including North Carolina, Florida, and Arizona. For example, in the year following the elimination of jet fuel tax in North Carolina in 2015, flights in and out of the state grew four percent and travelers were able to take advantage of 31 new routes from a wide range of carriers.
Airlines also continue to collaborate with airport partners to make critical investments in airport modernization. In the last decade, more than USD 11 billion in capital projects have been completed, are underway or approved to improve and expand the airport infrastructure in Atlanta, and this partnership will continue.
Annually, commercial aviation helps drive USD 1.5 trillion in US economic activity and more than 10 million US jobs. US airlines fly 2.3 million passengers and more than 55,000 tons of cargo each day. Airlines for America (A4A) advocates on behalf of the American airline industry as a model of safety, customer service and environmental responsibility and as the indispensable network that drives the nation´s economy and global competitiveness.
A4A works collaboratively with the airlines, labor groups, Congress and the Administration to improve air travel for everyone.