The International Air Transport Association (IATA) cautioned that planned hikes in charges by ANSPs will delay recovery in air travel, according to a report by IATA on Monday.

  • The confirmed airport and ANSP charges increases have risen to $2.3 billion. Additional increases could be severe if proposals already made by airports and ANSPs are approved.
  • Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General, stated that a $2.3 billion charges hike during the pandemic is outrageous. Walsh further stated that placing the financial burden of a crisis on the backs of customers is a commercial strategy that only a monopoly could dream up.
  • ANSPs of the 29 Eurocontrol states, the majority of them, which are state-owned, are seeking to recover nearly $9.3 billion from airlines to offset revenues not realized in the fiscal year 2020/2021.

Some regulators already understand the risks being posed by the behavior of infrastructure providers. Regulators in Spain and Indian successfully intervened to reign in on the hikes proposed by airports.