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July 30 - Airline Industry Commends Gov Deal for Suspending Jet Fuel Tax

 
Brunswick Business Journal Staff Report
 
July 30, 2018 - Airlines for America (A4A), an industry organization representing U.S. airlines, praised Governor Nathan Deal's executive order to suspend sales taxes on jet fuel. 
 
"We applaud Governor Deal's decision to issue an executive order that encourages the airline industry to continue to invest in the state's future," said A4A President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio. "These improvements will benefit everyone who flies."
 
The executive order places Georgia among a number of states that are making competitive decisions to lower jet fuel taxes, 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.
 
Airlines also continue to collaborate with their airport partners to make investments in airport modernization. In the last decade, more than $11 billion in capital projects have been completed, are underway or approved to improve and expand the airport infrastructure in Atlanta.
 
Previously, Georgia ranked eighth on the list of states with the highest taxes on commercial jet fuel, one of the largest expenses for the aviation industry. The state will now be competitive with other states without such taxes, including Texas, Ohio, and Delaware.
 

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