Airport & ATC Charges
Infrastructure charges must be set at levels that enable airlines to satisfy demand for connectivity, that provide a reasonable return on investment, and that allow for sufficient investment in future developments and service quality.
Because infrastructure providers often enjoy monopoly or quasi-monopoly status, governments and regulators have a vital role to play in maintaining vigorous oversight of charges and development. Airlines, furthermore, require a formal role in capital investment decisions, since it is airlines that ultimately pay for those investments.
ICAO principles have been established to ensure transparency and a proper role for customers in the decision-making process on infrastructure investment and charges. This partnership can be mutually beneficial while enhancing the passenger’s experience.
IATA continues to remind providers of their obligations to consult with users and to maintain full transparency on charges. In 2013, IATA is supporting this work by tackling the root causes of high charges. Efforts will include lobbying governments to scrutinize privatization and concession models.