Dublin airport charges mapped out

Friday 04 December 2009 17.19
Cathal Guiomard - Aviation Regulator
Cathal Guiomard - Aviation Regulator

Charges at Dublin airport are set to rise next year after the Commission for Aviation Regulation published its final determination on charges at Dublin airport from 2010 until 2014.

However, it is up to the Dublin Airport Authority to decide ultimately what the charges will be, up to the Commission's maximum limit. Passengers are currently charged €7.39 at Dublin airport.

The regulator says that if terminal two at Dublin airport is not operationally ready the charge could rise to €8.93 next year. Passengers could be charged €8.11 in 2011, €7.90 in 2012, €7.70 in 2013 and €7.50 in 2014.

However if terminal two is open by November 2010, passengers could be charged up to €9.32 in 2010, €10.44 in 2011, €10.23 in 2012, €10.03 in 2013 and €9.83 in 2014.

The commission sets the maximum revenue per passenger that the Dublin Airport Authority can collect. It says this price cap is set at a level that allows the DAA to operate on an efficient basis, including the cost of investing in airport infrastructure to meet the needs of current and future users.

However, the DAA can decide to charge less than the price cap, as it has done in the past.

Responding to the regulator's report, the DAA has said that the passenger charge offers consumers genuine value for money.

It said that airport charges at Dublin airport have fallen by 30% in real terms over the past 20 years.

The DAA says the increase allowed by the aviation regulator will keep the airport's passenger charge highly competitive compared to other European airports.

Airlines using Dublin airport have said they are disappointed by the regulator's decision, however.

Ryanair has condemned the decision, saying there is no justification for the likely cost increase, and that terminal 2 is not needed.

bmi said it is disappointed that the regulator has permitted an increase in airport charges. It believes that any policy of increasing charges will force airlines to reduce frequency of flights and push incumbent airlines out of Dublin airport. It says it does not understand why its passengers, who will not be using terminal 2, will be forced to help pay for it.