Airlines group BARIG wants Frankfurt charges to be cut

03 / 11 / 2016

Frankfurt-based airlines are calling for a reduction in airport charges for all airlines after low cost carrier Ryanair announced that it would start flying into Germany’s largest hub next summer.

The Board of Airline Representatives in Germany (BARIG) wants “the fully equal treatment for all airlines at Frankfurt – newcomers and airlines that are already operating alike”.

Ryanair will start flying from Frankfurt to four tourist destinations in Spain and Portugal, with plans for strong growth. Frankfurt has few low cost carriers due to its high fees and long turnaround times.

It is unclear whether Ireland-based Ryanair was offered preferential rates for operating at Frankfurt, although squeezing out costs at a chosen airport is the carrier's preferred business model.

According to BARIG, which is the mutual representation of interests of around 100 national and international airlines, “any implemented rebate of airport charges must apply to all and cannot privilege individual players”.

BARIG general secretary Michael Hoppe said: “Evidently, Frankfurt is by far one of the most expensive airports in Europe. In consequence of the immense burden of charges many airlines are forced to evaluate the profitability of their routes to and from Frankfurt.”

BARIG and its airlines have been urging Frankfurt airport operator Fraport “to finally put an end to spiralling costs and rather begin relieving airlines from the tremendous cost burden”.

Hoppe added: “When an airline like Ryanair, which is obviously very much cost-sensitive, is lured to Frankfurt, there must be significant room for cheaper charges.

"Without limitations all other airlines operating there must also get the same advantage. We are therefore looking forward to experience the corresponding cost relief for our airlines very soon.”