European Union countries should establish national regulators to settle disputes between airports and airlines over infrastructure fees. This comes in draft legislation presented by the European Commission. It would make airport charges more transparent and non-discriminatory, requiring airports to consult with airlines about the fees.
Airlines body IATA has called the fees in the EU among the most expensive in the world. Transport Commissioner Jacques Barrot told a news conference: “We’re working towards moderation in the setting of these fees. We’re looking to impose an independent mediator. What we have here is a double system, of transparency and regulation.”
He added: “Everything we’ve done here is designed to bring down the costs of airport fees and, hence, the costs of travelling by air for passengers.” IATA said last year Europe had 15 of the world’s most expensive airports, singling out Charles de Gaulle in Paris as one of the worst offenders, for increasing its charges by more than 26 percent over five years.