Airlines want lower airport landing fees –…

Airlines want lower airport landing fees – airports not keen (all suffering Covid impacts)
2021-01-02 15:59:00
Ryanair, Wizz Air and easyJet are among the airlines increasing pressure on airports to reduce landing charges. The airlines have suffered financially due to the pandemic, but so have the airports. The low cost airlines are pushing for cuts in charges, and threats they will only fly to airports which charge less.  This is seen as a race to the bottom. Airports will have to compete, to get airlines to fly to them, when they recover from the pandemic.  O’Leary said Ryanair planned expansion at Venice airport, where a new base and 18 new routes were announced in December following what Ryanair called “competitive” pricing.  Airports make money from landing fees, and also revenues from their own facilities including retail space, catering and car parking.  A spokesperson from ACI Europe (an airports group) said the financial situation of airports was bad, and agreeing to discount their charges was unsustainable.  Airports have fixed costs such as air traffic control, fire services, airport buildings and much else that cannot be cut. ACI Europe has estimated that 6,000 flight routes across Europe have been lost during the crisis, leaving airports competing for flights. Heathrow wants to increase its landing charge by 5% due to its pandemic l

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