IATA has criticized the decision by the French
Government to allow the operator of Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG)
and Paris-Orly (ORY) airports to continue increasing airport
charges for each year of the 2016-2020 period.
IATA says the French government’s decision
ignores the recommendation of the independent Airport Consultative
Commission. The Commission concluded that the public interest
would be best served by using terminal retail activities of
Aéroports de Paris (ADP) to implement annual decreases in charges
to airlines over the 2016-2020 period.
"Connectivity is critical to modern economies.
France is no exception. And making it more expensive at a time
when improving competitiveness is a fundamental concern just does
not add up. With this decision air travelers will have to reach
deeper into their wallets to travel to, from and within France. In
parallel, every business that in any way relies on global markets
takes a hit as well. I urge the government to reconsider," said
Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO.
IATA and other stakeholders demonstrated during
the consultation process that a yearly decrease in airport charges
would improve the attractiveness of France’s major hubs and that
this would serve the interests of all involved - air travelers, ADP,
and airport users. The Airport Consultative Commission, whose role
is to advise the French Government on the economic regulation of
airports, shared that view.
"With a sound development plan and the
reintegration of the income from retail activities at the
airports, user charges could be substantially decreasing every
year. France’s airport infrastructure is a national asset that
should be nurtured for the broad economic benefits that it
catalyzes. It is deeply disappointing that the government chose to
ignore this golden opportunity for a winning solution in favor of
a decision that will make travel more expensive for French
business and tourism," said Tyler.
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