Nicholas Calio , who led Citigroup Inc. ’s efforts to shape financial regulations and served as top congressional liaison for U.S. presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush , will become chief Washington lobbyist for the nation’s major airlines.
The airline industry and one of its prominent allies are gearing up to fight a possible push in the U.S. Congress to tax baggage fees and other air-travel charges as a way to generate additional federal revenue.
Airlines have found new allies in their fight against a requirement that they include U.S. taxes and fees in their advertised fares: every member of a congressional panel overseeing the agency that created the rule.
Airline industry officials said an increase in passenger-ticket taxes being considered by President Barack Obama would reduce travel demand and add to what the industry’s chief lobbyist called two decades of burdensome levies on carriers.
Air-traffic controller furloughs were suspended yesterday as the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration acted on legislation designed to work around across-the-board spending cuts that kicked in last month.
Congress passed legislation to end days of flight delays stemming from air-traffic controller furloughs, letting the Federal Aviation Administration work around across-the-board spending cuts that kicked in last month.