IATA’s Tyler calls for lower landing fees at Seoul Incheon

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Seoul's Incheon airport should reduce its landing charges by 10% to further enhance its competitiveness, says International Air Transport Association director general Tony Tyler.

He notes that in 2007, the airport agreed to a 10% cut between 2008 and 2010.

"Whether it be decisions on charges, construction or airport privatisation, it is critical that Korea's competitiveness be the guiding factor," says Tyler. "Korea has created a great competitive advantage with the excellent facilities at Incheon which are competitively priced. Don't lose that advantage."

He adds that aviation supports W8.3 trillion ($7.42 billion) of economic activity in the country, which amounts to 0.8% of the country's GDP, and that the aviation sector employs about 140,000 people in South Korea.

He also welcomed Seoul's support against the EU's emissions trading system (ETS).

The EU implemented its ETS from this year, capping emissions of airlines operating services to and from the EU. Several countries and carriers have protested the move, threatening to impose retaliatory measures on European airlines.