Brussels, 11 March 2009
The Directive provides a clear legal framework for setting airport charges and reflects current commercial practices. Once implemented, the new legislation will promote better dialogue between airlines and airports. It is essential to ensure transparency, non-discrimination and appropriate consultation between airlines and airports under an independent regulator in each Member State.
Europe's aviation market can also be seen to be leading the world. The recently revised airport charges policy of the International Civil Aviation Organization has clearly been influenced by the direction the EU is taking, especially on environmental charges.