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IATA calls on airports to freeze or maintain low airport charges

17-Dec-2009 12:37 PM

IATA Director for Airport and Industry Charges, Jeff Poole called on airports to freeze or maintain low airport charges, stating it may still be “a while” until airlines recover from the global financial downturn (Bernama, 16-Dec-2009).

IATA: "We believe that the positive results achieved thus far, will be much tougher to repeat in 2010, as airports and air navigation service providers continue to suffer from reduced but improving traffic. There will be pressure for them [airports] to improve their financial position by increasing charges. However, the aviation industry may take a while to fully recover. So, keep charges at current levels for sometime and only increase when the traffic is back to normal,” Jeff Poole, Director for Airport and Industry Charges. Source: Bernama, 16-Dec-2009.