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Copenhagen Airport announces changes to airport charges

15-Sep-2009 8:22 AM

Denmark's Copenhagen Airports (CPH) announced (14-Sep-09) it has signed a long-term agreement with the Danish Civil Aviation Administration on its airport charges. The majority of the approximately 60 airlines using the airport have approved the agreement, under which the structure of charges will be changed as of 01-Oct-09, with the charges subsequently locked for the following 18 months. Thereafter, the charges will be increased 1% faster p/a than the annual increase in the Danish Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the next four years. Also under the agreement, CPH will invest more than EUR349.4 million in infrastructure expansion and improvements over the contract period. CPH also plans to open a LCCT in 2010, with its charges to be negotiated separately. Changes to be made to the airport charges from Oct-2009 include:

  • Increasing the proportion of charges related directly to passenger numbers rather than aircraft weight; the passenger charge will increase by 18.6%, offset by a 25% reduction in the weight-based take off charge;
  • Remove anomalies in the treatment of transfer passengers by introducing lower charges for transfer security and international-domestic transfers;
  • Cap the weight-based charges for aircraft of 200 tonnes;
  • Charges will be adjusted in the event of changes to regulatory costs (such as those relating to security, safety and the environment) in excess of EUR4 million p/a;
  • Intend to introduce an emissions charging scheme from Apr-2010 to favour the use of environmentally friendly aircraft types at Copenhagen Airport; details of this scheme are yet to be finalised. [more - CPH press release] [more - Danish CAA press release]

Macquarie Airports (MAp) welcomed (15-Sep-09) the agreement. [more]