Missoula International Airport (MSO) participates in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) program. This program uses revenues derived from a per-passenger charge to fund capital improvements at MSO.
PFC's are essentially a user tax paid on airfares from Missoula International Airport. The PFC program was created by Congress in the 1990 Aviation Safety and Capacity Act (ASCA) to offer a new funding source for airport capital projects. It is intended to assist airports in funding major infrastructure development and is charged to enplaning passengers only. Collected PFC's are designated to fund very specific capital projects that are formally approved by the FAA. They can be used to secure and pay financing for FAA approved projects.
Currently, MSO collects a fee of $4.50, minus an 11-cent handling fee to the collecting airline. The PFC application process takes approximately 6-9 months, and begins with the identification of potential projects. Project descriptions and justifications are formulated and project costs are estimated. This information is provided to air carriers serving the airport who are then allowed to comment on the projects. Following this consultation and comment period, a formal application is submitted for consideration by the FAA.
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