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Cost of airport services should be met through airfares, AUC recommends

Cost of airport services should be met through airfares, AUC recommends

Flight passengers should be charged for airport services through their airfare so that they do not feel ripped off, the Air Transport Users Council (AUC) has said.

James Fremantle, the AUC’s industry affairs manager, said that airports do have to "get their money somehow", and if this cannot be obtained from airlines then they might "need to charge that little extra".

"We would like to see a situation where all airport services are paid through air fares, which is practical and sensible," he commented.

"Also, if it is done that way then it makes sure that the passengers are not ripped off."

Mr Fremantle added that it is not in the passenger’s interest for an airport to go out of business.

Recent figures from airport operator BAA revealed that its airports handled 10.6 million passengers in March, which is an 11.3 percent reduction from the same month in 2008.

Heathrow remained the most resilient of BAA’s airports, with traffic declining by a modest 7.5 percent.

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