Italy to cut fees on small airportsStaff writer ▼ | May 18, 2016
Premier Matteo Renzi promised to cut the fees airlines pay to use airports after Ryanair's threat to abandon small airports.
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Airport charges are paid by airlines for the use of airport facilities. They include aircraft landing, freight and other charges related to the use of airport infrastructure such as runways and passenger terminals.
Ultimately these charges are paid, indirectly, by passengers and freight customers via the ticket price or freight forwarding fee.
Charges for the use of airport infrastructure can represent a significant expense for airlines. In the European single market, there is no justification for airport charges to be applied in a discriminatory manner, to the detriment or advantage of certain carriers.
For the European aviation market to work properly it is important that there be minimum standards for charges at larger airports in order to ensure fair competition among airlines.
Such common standards, however, need to respect the different systems of regulation which are in operation in the Member States and which might be designed to compensate for the market power of the airport as the sole infrastructure provider at a given city or in a given region.
"As an active supporter of the ‘Remain’ campaign, we are launching a €19.99 seat sale on flights to the UK on 22nd and 23rd June to allow UK citizens to fly home to vote ‘Remain’ in the Brexit Referendum," Ryanair said.
"These flights are available for booking for 24 hours, on Thursday, 19th May. As the UK’s largest airline, Ryanair is absolutely clear that the UK economy and its future growth prospects are stronger as a member of the European Union than they are outside of the EU and with just 5 weeks to go, we will continue to work hard to help deliver a resounding ‘Remain’ vote on 23rd June." ■