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Green light for Frankfurt price hike

Frankfurt Airport has been given approval to raise its airport charges by the Hessian Ministry of Economics, Transport, Urban and Regional Development. It is a move that will see airport charges at Germany's largest airport increase by an average of 4.5% over the next 12 months.

The airport charging system at Frankfurt has been revised - in anticipation of the European Union Council's impending Directive on Airport Charges - to help provide greater cost transparency and to ensure strict compliance with the user pays principle when allocating costs.

According to a recent study by the UK's Cranfield University, Frankfurt is already one of Europe's more expensive airports in terms of aeronautical charges (such as the use of its runway, apron, and terminal facilities). The airport nonetheless accounts for the price hike by pointing to factors such as a general rise in costs (accounting for 2.1% of the increase) and investments in fire protection improvements and in aircraft de-icing facilities at the airport (which accounts for 2.4% of the rise).

Frankfurt is at great pains to point out that it has been involved in extensive dialogue with airlines to explain the new charging system. Under the new system there will no longer be different rates for domestic and international flights. The new charges for landing aircraft now amount to DM6.50 per 1,000 kilogram of maximum take-off weight (MTOW).
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Comment:Has been given approval to increase its airport charges
Publication:Airports International
Geographic Code:4EUGE
Date:Jun 1, 1998
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