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No nod for Narita
TTG Asia, Tokyo
 

TTG Asia, Tokyo  
(5th Jul 2002)


IATA has opposed any plans that may be aimed at the cross-subsidisation of Japan"s major international airport in a privatisation and consolidation process.

In a "strongly worded" letter to the Minister of Land Infrastructure and Transport, Ms Chikage Ogi, IATA contended the landing charges at Narita were maintained artificially high, fearing profits from Narita would be used to subsidise operations at loss-making Kansai and Chubu airports. Such a scheme would be a clear violation of international standards on cost-relationship and location-specific charges set by ICAO.

IATA director general and chief executive officer, Mr Giovanni Bisignani, noted: "Any structural change undertaken to airport ownership should be to the benefit not only of the operators of the airports and governments, but also to the airlines, passengers and shippers."

IATA said Narita"s user charges remain the highest in the world by an "unacceptable" margin and privatisation plans should include a regulatory and conflict resolution scheme to prevent further abuse by monopolistic airports. IATA also urged that airlines be involved in the privatisation and consolidation process.

 
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