European low-cost airlines urge airports to slash service charges

Gulf Today|May 31, 2020

European low-cost airlines urge airports to slash service charges
PARIS/LONDON: European low-cost airlines are pressuring airports to slash service charges in return for resuming flights, as the COVID-19 shutdown intensifies their race with traditional carriers to lower costs and win post-pandemic business.

In letters shared with Reuters, Wizz Air, Ryanair and easyJet have demanded long-lasting fee discounts or waivers from airports, signalling that the lowest offers will win more returning traffic.

Wizz Air, in a “request for proposals” from airports last month, indicated it was ready to shake up its business, flagging “significant shifts in network strategy resulting in capacity reallocation between airports”.

“Bidders are requested to submit a price offer concerning a three-year term agreement,” it said, calling for an “all-in” charge to replace the usual passenger, take-off, landing, parking and security fees.

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May 31, 2020