Airport Charges Benchmarking

The level of airport charges plays an important role in the competitive position of an airport. Excessive airport charges negatively affect an airport’s attractiveness both for airlines as well as passengers. In turn, this may affect the airport’s network quality and have negative long-term effects on the regional or national economy.

SEO Aviation Economics’ Airport Charges Benchmarking Model provides policy makers and airport managers with essential insight into the price level and structure in comparison to competing airports. It provides them with valuable information about the pricing performance of the airport and forms a sound basis for decisionmaking about the tariffs and structure of airport charges.

The SEO Airport Charges Benchmarking Model enables airport managers and policy makers to understand a broad range of detailed issues better:

  • Airport charges divided into various types of charges (LTO charges, parking charges, passenger charges, and so on);
  • Comparison of airport charges across a wide range of airports;
  • Comparison of airport charges over time;
  • The effects of implementing a (potential) new airport charge on the total airport charges;
  • Analysis of different tariffs for passengers flying to different destinations;
  • Analysis of different tariffs for origin/destination (O/D) and transfer (connecting) passengers;
  • Airport charges for each turnaround for different aircraft types (see figure).

This figure shows the turnaround costs in 2012 for two different aircraft types (in €). Although it shows that large aircraft have higher turnaround costs, relative differences between the airports exist.

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