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Most international airports are state-owned: IATA

Dec 01 2013, 12:09 IST
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IATA has noted that most airports across the world are state-owned and aviation policy makers should take decisions Keeping in view the interests of airlines & passengers. IATA has noted that most airports across the world are state-owned and aviation policy makers should take decisions Keeping in view the interests of airlines & passengers.
SummaryIATA has noted that most airports across the world are state-owned and aviation policy makers should take decisions Keeping in view the interests of airlines & passengers.

As the government proceeds with privatisation of six airports, global airlines body IATA has noted that most airports across the world are state-owned and aviation policy makers should take decisions in this regard keeping in view interests of airlines and passengers.

"The airport sector has not gone through the same process

of structural transformation as the airline sector. Only nine

per cent of European airports are in full private ownership,

while 78 per cent remain fully publicly-owned," International

Air Transport Association said in its latest report titled

'Airport Competition'.

According to the 2011-2015 National Plan of Integrated

Airport Systems released by the US Department of

Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration, there were

over 19,700 airports in the US and, of them, 5,170 airports

are open to the general public.

"Most US commercial service airports are typically owned

by local or state governments, either directly or through an

authority (a quasi-governmental body established to operate

the airport)," says Airlines for America (A4A), a body

recognised by US Congress and all government bodies.

It says "while Congress established a 'privatisation

program' in 1997 under which the airport ownership would be

transferred to a non-governmental entity, no airport currently

participates in this program."

In its report, the IATA said the process of privatisation

of airports "is far from complete and so many airports remain

insulated from competitive pressures."

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