Belfast Telegraph

Proposal to cut airport's passenger levy 'flawed'

By John Mulligan

THE company that operates Dublin Airport has reacted angrily to proposals from the Republic's Commission for Aviation Regulation (CAR) that would see passenger charges slashed at the gateway from next year.

The Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) blasted the draft determination by CAR as "fundamentally flawed" and claimed the planned lower charge "risks creating stagnation at Dublin Airport as it will jeopardise the investments in new facilities that are required to cope with growing demand".

The DAA is planning a €1.8bn (£1.6bn) capital programme of works at the airport.

CAR said in a provisional determination it plans to reduce the maximum charge per passenger that can be levied on passengers using the airport to €7.50 (£6.50) between 2020 and 2024.

It said this represented a 15% decrease on the current maximum charge of €8.81 (£7.60).

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