IATA’s efforts to ensure airports’ development plans are aligned with airline needs that do not cause any unnecessary increases in charges have seen a number of developments.
In the absence of an appeal from Heathrow Airport Ltd, the UK CAA’s decision on pricing at LHR 2014-2018, including a charges cap of 1.5% below inflation, can now be confirmed. The UK CAA’s decision also encompasses a capital investment programme of £3 billion (US$5 billion). This sets a good precedent for major European hubs.
The focus will now be on reconciling the airport’s capital expenditure plans with airline requirements and the delivery of key asset replacements across all terminals, the opening of the new Terminal 2 in June and addressing operational resilience.
The LHR airline community has also provided input to the Airports Commission, tasked by the UK government with identifying options for maintaining an international hub in the UK and optimizing existing runway capacity.
The airlines have highlighted the need to take into account the requirements of end users, costs, no pre-financing by users, state funding and capacity allocation via the slot process. The Commission’s final report will be issued in summer 2015.
IATA Airport Development Reference Manual (ADRM)
A new revised 10th edition of the ADRM aims to be the major reference source for regulators, airports and engineering firms engaged in airport capital expenditure programmes.
Developed in collaboration with Airport Council International and other key industry stakeholders, the ADRM provides guidance on designing airport facilities which correspond to user needs.
More information can be found on the IATA website.
To facilitate a more proactive approach to our airport development campaigns, we are also building up a capacity monitoring database which identifies airports which are likely to become slot constrained over the next 5-15 years. In particular, the database identifies different constraint conditions including airspace, airfield and terminal processing capacity issues.
IATA is currently addressing airport development issues, alongside charges issues, at airports worldwide, including Berlin Brandenburg, Frankfurt, Istanbul Ataturk, Lima Jorge Chavez, Lisbon, Miami, Rome, Santiago de Chile, São Paulo Guarulhos, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney.