Passenger Terminal Today
Dan Symonds

Airports Council International (ACI) has hit back at claims by IATA that airports and air navigation service providers (ANSPs) intend to recover pandemic losses from airlines.

Speaking at IATA’s Annual General Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, director general Willie Walsh warned that planned increases in charges by airports and ANSPs will stall the recovery in air travel. He said that confirmed airport and ANSP charges increases had already reached US$2.3bn.

De Oliveira countered IATA’s claims by saying the airport industry had been supportive of the airline community during the crisis, with nearly 70% of surveyed airports having implemented some form of discount or incentives in their airport charging schemes to address the impacts of Covid-19 and support a recovery. He also said that, during 2020, many airport operators deferred or waived certain airport charges in support of their airline clients.

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