The Commonwealth Ports Authority’s collection of passenger facility charges went up by more than half in the recently concluded fiscal year 2013, based on agency records.
It was disclosed that a total of $2.07 million in passenger facility charges has been collected as of Aug. 19, 2013, a significant increase over the $1.32 million collected in fiscal year 2012 and the $1.54 million posted in fiscal year 2011.
In accordance with legislation adopted by Congress, individual airports in the United States may impose PFC on enplaning passengers. These charges are to be used by the airports to fund airport improvement projects approved by the Federal Aviation Administration. Airlines and travel agents collect the PFCs from their passengers. Air carriers may be subject to financial penalties for non-compliance.
Saipan Tribune learned that the bulk of the fiscal year 2013 collection, $1.9 million, came from Saipan, with Asiana Airlines remitting $798,909; Delta Airlines, $519,643; Sichuan Airlines, $282,790; and United Airlines; $178,752. PFC collection from Rota totaled $23,210, while Tinian had $61,708. These data is as of Aug. 19, 2013.
Data also showed that in the nine-year period since the passenger facility charge was implemented, the ports authority posted its highest PFC collection in fiscal year 2006, totaling $2.321 million. This was significantly higher than fiscal year 2005 with only $1.001 million; fiscal year 2007, $1.940 million; fiscal year 2008, $2.024 million; and fiscal year 2009, $1.860 million.
CPA registered only $1.545 million PFC collection in fiscal year 2010 while fiscal year 2011 had $1.511 million.