Aviation advocates in Massachusetts expressed satisfaction that legislation aimed at levying a $1,000 landing fee against many aircraft in the name of “climate mitigation” has landed in a study committee—in effect putting the issue to rest.
AOPA and other aviation groups and individual pilots turned out in force to oppose the measure proposed by state Sen. Julian Cyr (D-Truro), “to mitigate the climate impact of private and corporate air travel” with landing fees of not less than $1,000.
“This proposal was a disaster from the start, but AOPA members in Massachusetts deserve a lot of credit for engaging on this,” he said.
The Massachusetts Airport Management Association issued a statement on the defeat of the landing fee, acknowledging the impact of “the coordinated efforts of aviation organizations” and “dozens of comments filed by Massachusetts airports and individuals.”
“We are pleased to see that this ill-conceived bill, which would have been devastating to Massachusetts’ airports, will not move forward in the Massachusetts legislature,” said Tom Hurley, the organization’s executive director. “Rather, we would urge lawmakers and state and federal regulators to adequately fund our statewide airports to assure safety, economic and educational development and prepare for the new, sustainable technologies that are just around the corner.”