IATA, A4E complains about airports charges in Portugal
Airlines for Europe (A4E) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) are calling for re-negotiation of the concession agreement granted to Portuguese airport operator ANA and have filed a joint complaint to the Directorate General for Competition (DG COMP), the association announced on October 4, 2018.
A4E and IATA wants the Portuguese government to intervene and re-negotiate the terms of the concession agreement with ANA. According to organizations, ANA (which owns 10 airports in Portugal) was granted a 50-year concession agreement back in 2012. It has set airport charges at Lisbon according to a pre-determined formula rather than in accordance with costs of providing those services, resulting in “at least 30% higher fees than necessary” for airlines operating at Lisbon airport.
Back in 2015, IATA, together with ELFAA and the local association of airlines, has already complained to The European Commission about manner in which airport charges are set in Portugal, calling them “neither transparent nor cost-related”.
AeroTime has reached out to ANA for comment, but has not received a reply as of the time of publication.