asked the Minister for Transport and Power why the international agreement to include airport charges in air fares is not applicable to all airports in Britain serviced by Aer Lingus; and if he will take steps to negotiate a further agreement to ensure that quoted air fares in all cases be inclusive of airport charges.
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Airport Charges.
The Deputy presumably has in mind the passenger service charge which is still levied by a number of municipally owned airports in Britain. The retention of the charge at these airports is a matter of British domestic administration in which I could not intervene.
The arrangement under which the passenger service charge ceased to be levied directly by a majority of European airports and was instead incorporated in air fares derives from a recommendation of the European Civil Aviation conference; this recommendation is not mandatory and was not adopted by a few European countries.