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CARD ANNOUNCES APPROVAL OF CHARGES AT SAN JOSE AIRPORT

 CARD ANNOUNCES APPROVAL OF CHARGES AT SAN JOSE AIRPORT
 WASHINGTON, June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Secretary of Transportation Andrew H. Card Jr. today announced approval of the San Jose, Calif., International Airport's proposal to impose passenger facility charges (PFCs). The airport will use the proceeds to make airport improvements that will increase safety, expand capacity, reduce noise and create jobs.
 The airport plans to raise more than $29 million over the next three years by charging departing passengers fees of $3 each starting on Sept. 1, 1992. Among the projects that will be funded are equipment to assist the handicapped, more sophisticated security devices and a new firefighting vehicle.
 "The residents of San Jose will benefit from the improvements as will the people flying into the city," Card said. "And the nation's airport system also will benefit because of improvements at the airport."
 Today's action makes the San Jose airport the 18th to win PFC approval from the FAA. Applications from 38 other airports are currently being processed. An estimated 200 airports are expected to be participating in the program by the end of 1993.
 The PFC program was authorized by the Congress in the Aviation Safety and Capacity Expansion Act of 1990, which specified that the money must be used to preserve or enhance the capacity, safety and security of the air transportation system, promote competition, reduce noise or expand passenger facilities.
 Other projects to be funded by the PFCs include a runway extension, modification of a firehouse, soundproofing of residences and two schools, upgrading of a noise monitoring system, and installation of federally mandated runway and taxiway signs.
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 /CONTACT: Fred Farrar of the Federal Aviation Administration, 202-267-8521/ CO: U.S. Department of Transportation ST: District of Columbia, California IN: TRN SU:


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