Aena to soften the charge increase or even to freeze them

Iberia's plane Terminal 4

AENA started in February the consultation process to set the charges for 2015, as established by the agreement signed on 23rd May 2013 between Aena Aeropuertos and the Airline Associations.

As agreed, the maximum charge increase for 2015 was set at CPI plus three points. With regard to 2016, 2017 and 2018 a maximum charge increase of CPI plus four points was fixed.

However, according to the information from EuropaPress this morning – based on sources from ACETA – during the meetings held so far both parties agreed that the positive traffic evolution during the months of January (2.5%) and February (3.1%) lead to expect traffic increases in 2014 and 2015.

Aena and the major airlines operating to Spain are in favour of implementing in 2015 a rise “significantly lower” than the maximum percentage agreed in 2013, and even freezing the charges, considering the traffic forecasts and the number of passengers recovery.

Incentive Plan
It is worth remembering that airlines that contribute this year to the growth of total air traffic and those which open new routes will benefit from the incentives that are expected to increase air traffic by 2% in 2014, up to 4 million passengers.

This new system of incentives, which will be extended to 2015 in order to consolidate this growth, seeks to promote the increase in number of passengers, the introduction of new routes and to support airlines that want to increase their activity.

These incentives will mean to AENA a negative impact by 50 million in the gross operating profit (EBITDA) only in 2014 and slightly lower than 25 million Euros in 2015.

Photo: Iberia Airbus A340 at Madrid Airport T4 / Marc