Airport upset about federal tax

SANDUSKY Griffing Airport owners are worried yet another ticket tax will keep tourists from taking o
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY

Griffing Airport owners are worried yet another ticket tax will keep tourists from taking off to Pelee Island, Canada.

A federal tax of $5 per international ticket is proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to pay for customs inspections for foreign plant and insect material on incoming flights. Griffing Airport doesn't have an inspector and doesn't operate flights with agricultural goods.

The base fare for a Pelee Island round-trip ticket -- a popular route more than 6,000 passengers take each year -- is $35.90. Adding the proposed tax to already existing taxes brings the ticket price to $47, with 24 percent of the passenger's total fare going toward taxes.

Last year Griffing flew 6,228 passengers to and from Pelee Island. Those passengers are tourists, local residents and business people, Griffing said.