ECONOMY

Airport freezes charges

The Athens International Airport (AIA) said yesterday it will freeze all charges this year to help airlines cope with the economic downturn and slower passenger traffic. AIA, about 40 percent owned by German construction group Hochtief, said it will keep airport fees for landing, parking, security, passenger terminal facilities and ground handling at 2009 levels without any inflationary adjustment. «This decision to freeze all airport charges for 2010 reflects Athens International Airport’s standing commitment to support its airline partners in their development,» it said in a statement. The company added that it will continue its annual incentive program in 2010, which will be «further improved to reflect the needs for more discounts for airlines and help them reduce their operating costs considerably.» AIA’s incentive scheme focuses on airlines that add new routes or frequencies to their networks to and from Athens International Airport.