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Sydney Airport backs down on price rise

written by WOFA | August 26, 2010
photo - Seth Jaworski

Sydney Airport has announced that it will not increase regional aircraft parking charges after the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) raised concerns that it had not followed proper process.

“The ACCC has reminded Sydney Airport that the Trade Practices Act requires it to notify the ACCC of any proposed increase in aircraft parking charges for regional airlines serving passengers travelling within NSW,” ACCC chairman Graeme Samuel said. “Accordingly, Sydney Airport will not increase charges for aircraft parking for regional airlines unless those prices are notified to the ACCC.”

The ACCC says that it received concerns from a number of regional airlines that the airport was increasing charges for regional airliners parking longer than 45 minutes at the apron and in general aviation areas which were in addition to the 2.9 per cent increases already notified to the ACCC. Regional Express stated that the proposed increases, in addition to the 2.9 per cent increase, would result in an increase in its costs by approximately $3.1 million per annum.

The ACCC is continuing to assess Sydney Airport’s proposed charges that have been notified in accordance with the Trade Practices Act, with a decision likely in September.


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