Changi Airport Group (CAG) announced several reductions and rebates to aeronautical fees at Singapore Changi Airport, which will benefit airlines, ground handling agents and passengers. These include reductions to passenger service fees for transfer/transit passengers, landing fees for larger aircraft types, and franchise fees for flight catering and ground handling services. Existing rebates on landing fees for long-haul flights, aircraft parking and aerobridge charges will also be extended.
A 50 per cent landing fee rebate for long haul flights, which is currently in place and due to expire on 31 March 2016, will be extended for another year to 31 March 2017. These measures will strengthen the attractiveness of Changi Airport as a long-haul transfer hub for both airlines and passengers.
With effect from 1 May 2015, there will also be a decrease in landing fees of up to 5 per cent for large aircraft weighing over 360 tonnes, including the A380 and certain B747 aircraft types. This will make it more attractive for airlines to operate larger aircraft at Changi Airport, which allows for more efficient utilisation of runway capacity so as to serve more traffic.
Temporary cost relief for airlines
CAG will extend a number of existing rebates enjoyed by airlines, providing them with additional cost relief. The ongoing 50 per cent parking fee rebate and 15 per cent aerobridge fee rebate – which were originally scheduled to end on 30 June 2015 – will be extended to 31 March 2017.
In addition, to support the cargo sector, the existing 50 per cent landing fee rebate for scheduled freighter operations – which was due to expire on 31 March 2015 – has been extended to 30 September 2015. Following which, the rebate will be adjusted to 30 per cent and apply until 31 March 2016. Separately, incentives for cargo agents leasing CAG’s cargo facilities at the Changi Airfreight Centre have also been extended to 31 March 2016.
With effect from 1 May 2015, there will be a 20 per cent rebate on both flight catering and ground handling franchise fees. This will provide cost assistance to ground handling agencies, giving them more room to enhance service on the ground, such as by increasing staffing levels during peak periods.
In addition, CAG will fund strategic support measures designed to incentivise and help airlines and ground handlers to improve their service standards and offerings. It will roll out incentives for airlines and ground handlers to drive higher levels of efficiency and productivity, as it accelerates the implementation of new processes and technologies – including Fast and Seamless Travel (FAST) and early check-in services – to boost Changi Airport’s competitiveness.
Lee Seow Hiang, CAG’s chief executive officer, said: “Changi Airport’s success is very much dependant on the contributions of our airport partners, including airlines and ground handlers. Notwithstanding lower fuel prices, the operating environment in the near-term remains challenging for the region’s airline industry. Likewise, there are also tough conditions for our ground handlers. They face severe manpower constraints which may affect their ability to maintain the high level of service and efficiency expected by airlines and their passengers.
“The range of measures we announce today is a demonstration of CAG’s continued commitment and support to our partners, as we work with them to achieve success and growth of their operations at Changi Airport. At the same time, we hope to spur the continual pursuit of high service standards at the airport.”