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Ireland: Dublin Airport needs more competition, say consultants

 |  July 5, 2016

The State should consider introducing competition between the two terminals at Dublin Airport, or building a new airport to compete with the existing one, according to a report into airport charges commissioned by the Government.

The Department of Transport last night published the report by Indecon economic consultants, which recommends sweeping changes to the system for regulating airport charges that is currently overseen by the Commission for Aviation Regulation.

Indecon makes 18 recommendations to the overall airport charges system and express concern about several areas, especially the system for appealing against charge increases.

The report says Dublin Airport has “significant market power” and should continue to have its charging regime tightly regulated. Indecon recommends “periodic” studies of the power wielded by the airport, to be conducted by a body such as the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.

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