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The Row Over Airport Charges Intensifies: ACI-EU and A4E at Odds on “Tills”

The debate between A4E and ACI-Europe intensified this week as ACI-Europe released a new study tackling claims made by A4E that airport charges are excessive.

Speaking with A4E’s Managing Director, Thomas Reynaert, during the IATA Annual General Meeting last week, he explained the association’s complaints on charges at Europe’s airports, saying:

“We believe that there are still too many instances within the EU where airports are in a monopolistic or quasi-monopolistic situation. Where we are not being allowed..there’s no possibility to have decent commercial negotiations with the airports.”

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41% Rise of Private Ownership at Europe’s Airports, ACI-Europe Reports

The Airports Council International Europe (ACI-Europe) has a released an updated 2016 Ownership report, revealing the dramatic rise of private investment in Europe’s airports since ACI-Europe last issued the report in 2010.

The number of European airports with some share of private ownership has risen to 41% of European airports—205 in all—up from 22% in 2010.

Nearly 39% of these (79 airports) are entirely privately owned, and 61% (126 airports) are variable percentage ’public-private’ ownerships.

Larger airports, which handle close to 75% of Europe’s passenger traffic, have the most private shareholders.

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European Airports ‘Off to a Good Start’ in 2016, but Norway Aviation Tax a Concern

Airports Council International—Europe (ACI-EUROPE) reports that European airports, on average, have started the year 6.3% ahead of 2015, but warns that the proposed aviation tax in Norway could hurt the economy.

The average increase in passenger traffic was 6.9%

16 airports in EU Member states had double digit growth. “This was the strongest monthly rate in almost two years,” the airports association states.

Non-EU airports reported slower growth of 4.3%

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Schengen Must Remain in Tact, European Airports Tell EU Commission

“For Europe’s airports, the removal of internal air border controls between the 26 Schengen States has played an essential role in the availability of efficient and affordable air services for European citizens,” the airport association states.
“It has allowed intra-European air transport to become a commodity, as evidenced by the continued growth of air traffic. While just over 600 million passengers used Europe’s airports in 1990, an estimated 1,95 billion did so last year—with over 60% (1,2 billion) of them using one of the 443 airports located within the Schengen area.”