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.

PFC Process

  • 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.

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