The Government confirmed the final CPI for October at -0.1 and hence, the airport charges will increase by 0.9% with effect from 1 March 2014 as explained previously in this blog.
While we are waiting for further detail on the subsidies that we had anticipated, the following changes have been introduced with regard to the airport charges in the Spanish airports. They are all included in the text sent by the Congress of Deputies to the Senate. This text will have to be confirmed and published in the Spanish Official Gazette (BOE).
Airlines shall pay a meteorological service charge. This will be applicable to every flight which, landing at a Spanish airport, receives this service from Aena. The amount to be paid shall be the MTOW in tones multiplied by 0.18 Euros.
The passenger and security taxes for all travellers connecting two flights shall have these amounts reduced by 30% instead of by 20% as we had anticipated in July. This discount increase shall be applicable in all the Spanish airports.
Cargo connecting two flights of the same airline shall be exempted from this charge in any Spanish airport.
In the Balearic and the Canary Islands, the inter-island flights shall be exempted from the cargo charges. All non inter-island flights from the Balearics or the Canaries shall get a reduction in the cargo charges by 15% no matter it is a direct flight or one in connection.
All the international flights from any Spanish airport shall get a reduction in the cargo charges by 50%.
Minimum landing and aerodrome charges
The minimum landing and aerodrome charges which apply to the aircrafts which maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) is lower than three tones will not be increased by the CPI at the airports of the groups IV and V (see below). In some cases, the new amounts will be even lower than the one currently in force.
Currently, at the airports of the groups IV and V (see below), a parking fee is charged when the aircraft is on ground for three hours or more. As soon as these new changes enter into force, such fee will be charged whenever the aircraft is on ground for two hours or more.
Moreover, monthly subscriptions per aircraft shall be available. This monthly fee would be 49% higher than the one currently in force in the case that the airline does not have an agreement with the airport in particular.
After all the above, the deadline for further amendments to the Budget is this evening at 18:00 LT. Therefore, further detail on the subsidies should be known soon.
Airports of the groups IV and V in terms of airport charges:
For further information on the current charges remember our Flight Cost Calculator is at your disposal. As these taxes go changing, we will keep this tool updated as well.