Thursday, January 9, 2014
On January 1, Frankfurt Airport introduced FRAConnect, a program by which the airport will refund portions of carriers' airport charges for airlines that can achieve a 1% increase in passengers served via the airport on international routes, but only if that growth is achieved through the use of aircraft meeting the appropriate noise standards. To be eligible airlines must serve a minimum of 7,500 departing passengers. More details about the program are available here. Frankfurt's program could prove to be a valuable case study in the use of airport charges as an incentive to attract traffic and reduce noise.