Airport fees may soar under 'market' concept

 - November 27, 2007, 6:36 AM

If the DOT adopts “market-based” actions to relieve airport congestion and delays, which it is considering, landing fees could soar for corporate and commercial operators. According to the DOT, “market-based” means that airport fees would be designed “specifically to encourage air carriers to use limited airport capacity in a more efficient manner.” Such market-based approaches could include slot auctions, congestion pricing, peak-period pricing and “flat fees,” which would restructure existing weight-based landing fees so that total airfield costs are recovered through a higher average fee, thereby affecting the mix of aircraft that operate at an airport. Comments on the proposal are due November 19. Under separate rulemaking, congestion pricing has already been proposed for La Guardia Airport, with comments due October 12.