Germany's Airport Association (ADV) said German airport executives were meeting on 20-Mar-2013 to discuss the difficult market situation of German airports. ADV CEO Ralph Beisel noted: "German airports had the worst start to the year since the financial and economic crisis of 2009. The current traffic development at the airports is alarming". ADV noted passenger numbers in the two months to 28-Mar-2013 declined 3.6% year-on-year while cargo declined by 0.3% year-on-year. Aircraft movements declined by 8.6%. ADV noted consolidation in the sector is having an impact on airports, with regional and small/medium sized airports especially feeling the impact. ADV also said it is seeking dialogue with policy makers on the issues facing the sector, noting: "Airports must currently cope with unseen revenue losses due to traffic declines and lower charges" adding: "We are hoping that after the election the abolition of the air travel tax will be back on the agenda". Another focus will be the commitment of airports in the improvement of aircraft noise protection and public participation. [more - original PR - German]
ADV notes challenges in sector amid declining traffic and cost pressures
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