Spain to cut airport charges

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Spain will slash charges at its airports from next year, in a bid to reverse a steep decline in passenger numbers.

Public-works minister Ana Pastor says that from 1 January 2014 passenger tariffs charged by Spanish airport operator Aena will be reduced 50% in the first year and an additional 25% in 2015 if passenger numbers are sustained.

Airlines that launch new routes from a Spanish airport will be spared airport charges altogether.

The new discount scheme adds to existing incentives such the 50% discount on passenger charges at airports in the Canary Islands and a 20% reduction in charges at seasonal gateways in the Balearic Islands.

The measure could increase traffic in Spain's 46 airports by about 2%, or almost four million passengers, Pastor says.

Passenger traffic across Spain continues to fall: Madrid Barajas airport's passenger numbers, for example, declined 11.5% in September, to 3.6 million.