A4ANZ aims to “fact check” inquiry into the Economic Regulation of Airports

    Airlines for Australia and New Zealand (A4ANZ) has released a new “Fact Check” which aims to sort what it believes is fact from myths contained in recent submissions to the Productivity Commission (PC)’s Inquiry into the Economic Regulation of Airports.

    A4ANZ’s Fact Check it believes corrects a number of the claims made, citing evidence showing that:

    • Airport charges represent the single largest cost (>30%) to Australian airlines on some domestic routes;
    • Revenue per passenger has risen 25% in a decade, earning the airports “super profits”;
    • Australian airports are in the top 10 most expensive in the world, charging rental car operators more than London Heathrow, LAX, and Paris-CDG;
    • Despite the high charges, ACCC data show no increase in quality at any monitored airport since 2015.