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Australian airport pricing. Productivity Commission review to be brought forward


The Australian government has announced a Productivity Commission (PC) review of airport pricing, investment and services as part of a public inquiry into the economic regulation of major Australian airports that was announced earlier in the year. This brings it forward by more than a year. The announcement comes as it is alleged that Cairns Airport in Queensland will have the most expensive landing fees for a major Australian international airport by 2014, under the proposed new pricing structure for the industry. [2867 words]

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  • “Drastically different conditions” and "phantom regulators"
  • Seven airports placed ‘on notice’ in 2007
  • Charges ‘broadly mid-range’ internationally
  • Threat of re-regulation if misuse of power
  • Significant investment

Graphs and data:

  • Table 1: International comparison of airport charges 2007
  • Table 2: Key indicators for the monitored Australian airports for 2007–08
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