Legacy and low-cost airlines unite for airport fees

European Airline Group demands lower EU airport costs
Europe’s biggest airlines – legacy and low-cost – have united in a new association for the first time. Its first priority appears to be to get the European Union to reform its regulations and cut the cost of using airports.
IAG, Lufthansa, Air France-KLM, easyJet, and Ryanair have come together as Airlines for Europe, or A4E. They argue collectively that charges at Europe’s biggest 21 airports have risen 80% since 2005 – and 90% at the 10 biggest.
Yet ticket prices have fallen 20% over the same period, according to IATA.
“We urge the EU to take action lowering the cost of the EU’s airports by ensuring that monopoly airports are effectively regulated by reforming the Airport Charges Directive,” A4E said.
IAG chief executive Willie Walsh criticised airport charges at an airline finance conference in Dublin this week, pointing his aim at BA’s main hub London Heathrow.
“We need to have effective costs at airports,” he said. “If you look at how airlines have transformed their cost base and pricing, from the consumer point of view, airports have gone in the opposite direction.”


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