THE US HOUSE of Representatives has voted to renew the 10%ticket tax through to the end of the 1997 fiscal year in September, and the US Senate is expected to follow suit.

The tax, which finances US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) operations, expired again at the end of December.

US Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater has applauded the House action, but he says that Congress must still address a long-term solution to provide the FAA with "a stable financing mechanism and a predictable revenue stream".

Options being mooted include a tax pegged to fuel use, or the user-fee plan based on useage of air-traffic-control services being backed by the major network carriers.

Source: Flight International