Auckland Airport reveals plans to reduce prices to airlines

Posted: 26 February 2019 | | No comments yet

Auckland Airport has decided to reduce prices to airlines by $33 million over a five-year period, this equates to roughly 31 cents per passenger.


Adrian Littlewood, Auckland Airport’s Chief Executive, said: “Our approach to pricing reflects the need to provide for the future and address business risks specific to the airport, including undertaking a multi-billion dollar 30-year infrastructure programme. We believe the prices we had set were fair and in line with international standards. Estimating a target return is not an exact science and while the Commission acknowledged that the airport could justify a slightly higher return than its benchmark, we reached different views on what was justified. We have listened to their feedback and believe this is reflected in the reduced charges to airlines.”

Auckland Airport has reduced its target return from 6.99 to 6.62 per cent, compared to the Commerce Commission’s benchmark for airports of 6.41 per cent.

Littlewood continued: “We will continue to invest in building a world-class airport and deliver our planned major anchor projects to meet growth and the needs of travellers. We will continue to review the risk profiles of our current programme comprising more than 200 projects.”

The changes will take effect by way of discounts on landing and passenger charges from the 1 July 2019 and will apply for the remainder of the pricing period which ends in June 2022.

Previously, effective international charges per passenger fell by 1.7 per cent per annum in real terms. Now the reduction is 2.5 per cent per annum. Effective domestic charges per passenger will, instead of increasing by 0.8 per cent per annum in real terms, now fall by 0.1 per cent per annum.

Mr Littlewood said Auckland Airport is focused on delivering for the future. The company is continuing to invest circa $2 billion over the five-year review period on a wide range of improvements including significant terminal and airfield upgrades, new roads and utilities.

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