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Press Release

 

Brussels, 19 May, 2014

 

 

Today, the European Commission published its report on the implementation of the Airport Charges Directive. The Commission rightly acknowledges some of the weaknesses in the current Directive, the problems associated with its transposition into national law and, ultimately, its implementation at local level. However, the heads of the airline associations IACA, ERA, ELFAA and AEA are deeply disappointed that the EC does not propose enough concrete steps to address the failings identified in the timely report, advises: “We need cost-efficient airport charges that are set in a transparent way, based on a meaningful consultation between airports and airlines, and that are subject to truly independent regulatory oversight. If this cannot be achieved under the current framework, improved legislation is necessary.”

 

The ever-increasing costs of infrastructure in Europe demonstrate the monopolistic nature of airports and therefore the need for an effective regulatory framework. Because airport charges account for a significant proportion of airlines’ operating costs, bringing them down would increase the competitiveness of airlines to the ultimate benefit of the European consumer. “Therefore, we look forward to working constructively with the Commission, the regulators and the airports in order to strengthen Europe’s air transport sector.”

 

For further information, please contact:

AEA

Geert Sciot                                                                           

Phone: +32 (0) 491 37 32 59                                           

ELFAA

ELFAA Press Office – Grayling

Phone: +32 (0) 2 50 49 001

ERA

Celia Mather

Phone Direct: +44 (0)1276 485582,  Phone Main: +44(0)1276 488039

IACA

Jane Ellis

Phone: + 32 (0) 2 546 10 60