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Dáil Éireann debate -
Wednesday, 15 Mar 1972

Vol. 259 No. 11

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Airport Charges.


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.

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.