Air Transport Association (ATA) President Carol Hallett says an industry analyst's view that airlines could pass the $500 million cost from the looming 4.3-cents-per-gallon fuel tax on to the consumer is "ludicrous." The analyst who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the tax will raise operating costs per carrier by about 1%, which could be made up in other ways, such as price increases (DAILY, April 14). "With airlines looking at every option - no matter how insignificant - in their ...

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