The Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) Program allows the collection of PFC fees up to $4.50 for every boarded passenger at commercial airports controlled by public agencies. Airports use these fees to fund FAA-approved projects that enhance safety, security, or capacity; reduce noise; or increase air carrier competition.
- Public agency develops list of projects to be paid for with PFCs.
- FAA meets with public agency on PFC projects, consultation, process (optional).
- Airport Notifies Air Carriers of Consultation Meeting.
- Consultation Meeting - must be held 30-45 days after date of notification.
- Carrier Certification of Agreement/Disagreement - no later than 30 days after consultation meeting.
- FAA Reviews Draft Application (optional, but recommended for speedy approval).
- FAA Receives Application.
- FAA Determines if Application is Substantially Complete - within 30 days of receipt.
- Airport Notification of Supplement to FAA - made within 15 days of completeness finding (as needed).
- FAA Review Period - ends 120 days from date of receipt of application.
- FAA Files Notice for publication in Federal Register.
- Public Comment period ends 30-days after notice is published.
- FAA (Region) prepares prepared Record of Decision if no controversy.
- FAA (Washington) prepares Record of Decision if there is controversy.
- Application approved/disapproved by Associate Administrator for Airports or Regional Division Manager on or before end of 120 day period.
- Airport notifies air carriers of approval and informs them to begin collection.
- Collection begins on 1st day of month, at least 60 days from carrier.
- Notification to begin collection.
- Air carriers remit PFCs to airport monthly.
- Quarterly report filed by airport with FAA.
National Passenger Facilty Charge Program
Advisory Circulars (ACs)
- Series 150 AC Library
Data, Tools, & Resources
Guidance & Policy
- PFC Order (5500.1)
See Chapter 10 for PFC levels above $3.
- PFC Assurances (PDF)
- PFC Audit Guides
- PFC Statute and Regulation
- PFC Updates
- ACC/FAA Best Practices, 2008 (PDF)
- Bulletin 1: Best Practices-Surface Access to Airports (PDF)