WASHINGTON - Airline user fees imposed by Kent County, Mich., are illegal because they are not fairly allocated and because they allow the county to reap excessive profits, a lawyer representing several major carriers told the Supreme Court yesterday.
The fees should also be struck down because they place an undue burden on interstate commerce in violation of the Constitution's commerce clause. the lawyer. Walter A. Smith, told the high court during oral arguments. The case, Northwest Airlines, et al., v. County of Kent, Michigan, could have a major financial impact on airlines or airports, depending on the outcome.