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.
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.
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.
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.