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Worldwide Airport Charges Review: May-October 2009


In Jun-2009, The Centre published a survey of airport charges and incentives increases and decreases from around the world in the first half of 2009. It concluded that, in times of economic difficulties and declining traffic, one might expect airport charges to be dwindling or at least being revised downwards to attract new routes or even just to retain existing business. In fact, while that was the case, as airlines and trade organisations made their voice felt, it was also notable that charges were in some cases increasing. Since then, similar trends have been observed, but what really stands out is the breadth and variety of organisations that are now prepared to pitch into the debate on the value of such taxes and charges. [6884 words]

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  • Airline charges and incentives
  • Big reductions in charges in the US and Japan
  • Pittsburgh battles to halt large passenger decline
  • Japanese economic stimulus package supports landing fee discount
  • 66% charges increase reported in Piedmont
  • Indian aviation grew too fast to be sustainable
  • Serial complainers
  • A Battle of Minds and Wills
  • Conclusions

Graphs and data:

  • Table 1 – Airport cutting charges/fees or introducing incentive
  • Table 2 – Airports increasing charges/fees or curtailing incentives
  • Table 3. Airlines and other organisations calling for changes to charges, fees, incentives and taxes
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