The White House has announced a new plan to reduce the cost of airfare to the lowest-cost option, and that could cut the number of people paying to fly from nearly half to about a quarter of Americans, according to an analysis by The Hill.
Trump’s administration is proposing to cut the cost by about a third and replace it with a new one that would make a significant increase in the number and cost of flights possible.
The administration’s proposal is aimed at reducing the cost and cost burden of airline travel by 20 percent or more in a decade, depending on the plan.
While the number is still relatively small, it is expected to cut travel by up to 40 percent.
The White Houses budget office is projecting that about half of Americans will be forced to pay more for air travel, and about 30 percent of them will pay more than the average for other Americans.
The cost savings are estimated to add about $1 trillion over the next decade, the budget office says.
The plan would require the government to buy the airline tickets and provide reimbursements to the airlines for the costs of transporting the passengers and crew.
Trump also plans to cut funding for the Federal Aviation Administration, which oversees air travel.
The Trump administration is looking to make air travel more competitive by encouraging more private companies to take on the work of policing and maintaining air traffic, and by reducing the costs associated with that work, the White House said in a statement.
Trump said the new plan is expected in the budget, and will be released soon.
The budget office expects the government would be able to provide air travel to half of the American population by 2025.
The government would also be able purchase airfare from about half to 70 percent of its domestic air traffic if it chose, and would cover air travel expenses for about half its domestic passengers by 2025, the Office of Management and Budget said.
The FAA, however, has been under intense scrutiny for its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, and has not yet been able to implement a full set of recommendations for how to combat the virus.
Trump has pledged to get rid of the FAA.