German Fraport will impose an extra fee of 13 euro on every ticket for flights using the fourteen regional airport the German company acquired
The charge was included in the terms of the concessions agreement signed between the Greek State and Fraport, daily Ta NEA notes.
The extra charge will affect flight from and to the regional airports of Aktio, Kavala, Thessaloniki, Kerkyra, Chania, Kefalonia, Kos, Mytilene, Mykonos, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini, Skiathos and Zakynthos.
Consequently the packages for tourists will rise up for the return ticket using these airports. After four years, the fee will rise further up.
The Ministers of Transport Christos Spirtzis and Finance Euclid Tsakalotos signed a joint ministerial decision last outlining the technical details on the charge.
According to the agreement, the charge can be maintained for about 4 years, during which the German company must carry out investments in the 14 regional airports worth €330.
After the investment have been completed, the German company can increase this ticket charge up to 18 euros.
The fee will be collected by the airlines and will be transferred to Fraport on monthly basis, if the airline operates a regular flight and ad hoc if the flight is charter.
According to ProtoThema, the level of charges in the regional airports is currently 12 euros for passengers traveling within the Schengen area, while for some destinations outside the Schengen the fee reaches 22 euro.
The fee has the bidding name “Fee for airport modernization and development.”
Joint venture German Fraport – Greek Sientel (Kopelouzos) won the bid for the privatization of 14 regional airports in August 2015.
The way for the privatization of the regional airports was paved by Samaras government under lenders’ pressure. left-wing government SYRIZa had initially some objections to the deal but it had to bow to creditors’ demands, the deal was sealed beginning of 2016.
BTW another provision including in the ministerial decree is the airlines will have to keep detailed records of their passengers and that the Civil Aviation Authority will have access to this data at any time.
But I think this has to do more with security than with controlling the fee payments.
Greek privatization fund TAIPED said that “Airport charges per passenger will be reduced at the 14 airports and not increase.
As all media reported of FRAPORT and Free Hikes, TAIPED said in response to these reports that
the average charge at state-operated Greek airports today amounts to 12.70 euros per departing passenger. The maximum airport charge per passenger provided by the concession contract with the consortium amounts to 13 euros per passenger, including the charge for the modernization and development of airports (TEAA). It could rise to 18.50 euros once the airport investments are completed.
At present, passengers on flights heading outside the European Union pay a charge of 22 euros, and those within the EU pay 12 euros each. TAIPED announced this will be immediately reduced to a flat rate of 12 euros for every flight, applying to departures from all Greek airports up until October 2024, before dropping to 3 euros from November 1, 2024.
PS price hikes are among the so-called “nice things” of privatization…