EasyJet lashes out at hike in Paris airport fees

13th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

LONDON, Jan 12, 2006 (AFP) - British low-cost airline EasyJet lashed out on Thursday at the French government's decision to raise charges at Paris' two civil airports by five percent a year over the next five years.

LONDON, Jan 12, 2006 (AFP) - British low-cost airline EasyJet lashed out on Thursday at the French government's decision to raise charges at Paris' two civil airports by five percent a year over the next five years.

The move was also criticised by the French National Federation of Merchant Aviation (FNAM).

"EasyJet has today raised serious concerns over the French government's sign-off of a five-percent annual increase in Paris airport charges," the company said in a statement.

"The Paris airports of Orly and Roissy-Charles de Gaulle already rank amongst the most expensive in Europe, leaving little to offer in terms of low fares. Only 13 percent of seats on offer in the Paris market are by low-cost carriers including Beauvais, against 40 percent for the London market.

"Such a large increase in charges defies the current trend across Europe of airports reducing charges in order to boost traffic," EasyJet complained.

It said Paris airport operator Aéroports de Paris (ADP) was "simply taking advantage of its planned privatisation to secure government support in order to make huge profits to the detriment of air travellers".

In Paris itself the airline industry also slammed the price hike.

"This is very bad news, not only for our companies but also for passengers and future shareholders in ADP," FNAM official Lionel Guerin told reporters.

Guerin pointed out that ADP had already increased its airport charges by an annual five percent for the last three years.

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