I couldn’t sleep either , and my mental wanderings came to this topic.
Am I wrong, or isn’t the need for user fees based on the premises that:
-Use of smaller planes by airlines was causing trends where the FAA was having more traffic to cover while simultaneously receiving less ticket taxes per plane.
-Demand for air travel was expected to rise again.
-Along with VLJ’s, these trends were going to put the FAA in an ever increasing bind of higher costs and lower revenues.
Now, isn’t it also the case that most, if not all, of the congestion problem is around a few really large airports where arrival and departure slots are now limited?
Am I being stupid with this conclusion?:
The market will solve this problem! As the landing slots become constrained, the only way for the airlines to meet demand will be to use larger and larger airplanes. Further demand will be met by using the RJ’s for more direct flights that do not now exist, and which will bypass the busy hubs.
Lastly, VLJ owners and operators are by definition price conscious and will want to be avoiding the busiest airports which all have high prices and fees as it is.
We don’t need a government concocted market scheme like we got with California energy deregulation. Market forces are going to act on the system we have now! Maybe the FAA should ask that the ticket tax not be formulated on seat price, but reinventing the wheel seems to be unnecessary. In fact, you have to wonder why they didn’t see what I see here.