ASSESSMENT OF USER CHARGE IMPACTS ON CIVIL AVIATION ACTIVITIES

The study's objective is to estimate the utilization, diversion, and cost impacts of various user taxes, such as different landing fees, increased fuel taxes, and flight service station charges. To do this a model of cost impacts, a model of aviation activity utilization, a model of airport activity shares, and estimates of air carriers' demand elasticities as functions of cost increases were all developed and then utilized to permit estimates of the different effects due to user charges. The somewhat complex details of these various models are described in the main text of this report. Since air carriers are presently covering a high share of the costs attributable to them, any imposition of user charges required to bring 100% cost recovery is likely to have negligible effects on both air carrier activity and assignable system costs. The bulk of the study concentrated on the various user charge impacts on general aviation, since its deficit against attributable system costs is largest. The broad conclusion from the study is that the levels and ranges of user charges considered here do not appear to brook very large in the cost functions of general aviation activity; therefore, they show relatively small effects on activities, revenues, and costs. (Portions of this document are not fully legible)

  • Corporate Authors:

    RMC Research Corporation

    7910 Woodment Avenue
    Bethesda, MD  USA 

    Office of the Secretary of Transportation

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Publication Date: 1974-8-16

Media Info

  • Pagination: 221 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00169231
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-TPI-70-77-15 Final Rpt., RMC-UR-249
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-OS-40024
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 30 1978 12:00AM