Middle East: IATA urges Israel against hikes

International Air Transport Association (IATA) DG and CEO Giovanni Bisignani recently urged Israel’s Transportation Minister, Shaul Mofaz, to postpone a decision made by Israel’s Airport Authority (IAA) to increase airport fees by 51 per cent. Bisignani argued that the decision should be postponed until IAA carries out full consultation with ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization), […]


International Air Transport Association (IATA) DG and CEO Giovanni Bisignani recently urged Israel’s Transportation Minister, Shaul Mofaz, to postpone a decision made by Israel’s Airport Authority (IAA) to increase airport fees by 51 per cent.

Bisignani argued that the decision should be postponed until IAA carries out full consultation with ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization), IATA and with the 40 airlines using Israel’s airspace.

He emphasized that the airline industry is fragile and in deep crisis. He claimed that despite the recent reduction in oil prices, commercial aviation remains in need of assistance: "We are in the perfect storm of uncontrollable fuel costs and falling demand".

Bisignani also argued that ICAO insists upon negotiation before any changes are made to tariffs and tariff structure to enable airlines to fully understand their costs structure.

Israeli and foreign airlines that operate at Ben-Gurion International Airport in Israel set up an emergency committee last month in order to fight against Airports Authority plans to increase the airport’s charges.