Airport Ownership & Regulation
Historically, there has been a lack of clear guidance within the aviation industry or for governments on ownership and operating models for airports, and the appropriate regulatory framework to govern them.
The Airport Ownership and Regulation Guidance Booklet (pdf) is designed as a manual for decision-makers in government institutions, airlines and airports who are considering, or are impacted by private sector participation and airport privatization. It sets out recommendations for alternative ownership and operating models for airports globally, improved governmental decision-making, and required regulatory safeguards for privatized airports.
Air Traffic Management
IATA works globally with airlines, other organizations, airport and air navigation service providers, and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to promote cost effective environmentally responsible improvements to the global Air Traffic Management environment.
We play an active role in making sure we have a responsible aviation industry. By working closely with our airline members, we have developed best practices that will benefit everybody and that will help reduce aircraft noise and emissions.
The guidelines follow principles of transparency, consultation, efficiency, and productivity in establishing the need for an equitable charges structure. They also help airports and ANSPs align their development plans and capital expenditures with airline needs and expected passenger demand.
For IATA, it is essential that airport planning and infrastructure development supports safe, functional, capacity balanced and user-friendly airports. Working closely with airport authorities, IATA seeks to ensure that they provide flexible facilities that meet airline requirements in a cost-effective manner.
More on airport infrastructure
Supporting Economic Analysis
Briefings and outside views on infrastructure
European Airport Charges Regulation
A new study by global competition economics consultancy CEG demonstrates how a simple, streamlined approach could be practically applied to allow regulators identify EU airports with significant market power, to which more robust forms of economic regulation would be applied, with the objective of ensuring that passengers do not bear the cost of excessive airport charges indefinitely. Read the CEG Report on Effective regulation of airport market power (pdf)
Adequate transparency is essential for meaningful consultations on airport charges. Unfortunately, the transparency requirements prescribed in the EU Airport Charges Directive are not detailed enough to ensure this will happen. Read IATA’s guidance on the minimum information that airports should share and why this information is needed.