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International aviation expert criticises Jamaica's airport fees

Published:Wednesday | September 17, 2014 | 9:18 AM
Sangster International Airport
Norman Manley International Airport. - File

Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer


The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is urging regulators of the airline industry to act strongly and swiftly against proposed increases in aviation fees by Jamaica's two main international airports, Sangster and Norman Manley.

Both airports have proposed tariff increases of more than 100 per cent, as of January 2015, to attain a return of capital of around 20 per cent a year.

As early as July, airlines operating at both terminals were advised of the impending increases.

In a keynote address on Aviation Day in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands, IATA's regional vice-president, Peter Cerda, said yesterday that measures such as these do not encourage or support the development of the tourist industry in the region.

Cerda said Governments have to foster positive business environments through consultation and transparency in order to ensure win-win situations.

He lamented that the Caribbean is a very expensive place for airlines to do business.

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