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Response to IATA comments on airport charges

All parts of the ecosystem must work together for the benefit of passengers and the communities we serve

MONTREAL – In response to statements made at the 2022 Global Media Day of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) regarding airport charges, ACI World Director General Luis Felipe de Oliveira gave the following comments:

“By its nature aviation relies on collaboration. All parts of the ecosystem—airports, airlines, ground handlers and other stakeholders—must work together for the benefit of passengers and the communities we serve. Attacking industry partners does not reflect the collaborative spirit the industry needs for the common goal of providing safe, reliable, and efficient air transport.

“Like airlines and other areas of this ecosystem, airports are businesses too and affected by cost rises in the industry outside of their control. It is a reality we’re all facing—high costs of energy, inflation, and staff shortages. Airports had a 49% drop in aeronautical revenues during 2020-2021, and costs have gone up while revenues are not keeping pace. With continued economic headwinds and global passenger traffic expecting a loss of 33.1% in 2022*, the financial stress felt by airports cannot be absorbed.  

“It is important to remember that airports are infrastructure-intensive businesses—meaning they have unavoidable high fixed costs. What’s more, significant investment will be needed going forward to meet demand and transition to sustainable energy sources. Airlines have been able to increase their tariffs during the last year, which is different from the airports that need to follow regulatory frameworks.

“In the end, aviation is one ecosystem. We must focus on the benefits to passengers and communities. And for this all parts of the ecosystem need to be healthy.”

*Compared to projected baseline

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