ATA blasts LAX rate rise

The Air Transport Association of America has issued a strongly worded statement in response to the Los Angeles City
Council’s decision to allow LAX to raise airport rental rates.The statement reads:

“We are extremely disappointed that LAX today was given authority to
arbitrarily raise airline terminal rates and we question the legality of
this unjustified action. The ‘so-called’ negotiations that led to this
increase were not conducted with candor and in good faith. There was no
sincere effort to reach agreement on fair and reasonable rental rates,”
said ATA President and CEO James C. May. “Unlike other airports where
airlines have been able to work cooperatively on improvement programs,
LAX has demonstrated that it has no interest in a long-term rational
business partnership with the airlines. What now is an adversarial
relationship can only negatively impact airline customers and their
experience by further delaying the much needed modernization of this
antiquated facility.”