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.

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