Auckland airport receives claim from Air NZ

Auckland International Airport Limited (AIAL) has received notice from Air New Zealand of a claim regarding judicial review of the setting of new airport prices including replacement of the airport development charge with a passenger service charge payable by the airlines. AIAL categorically refutes the claim and is firmly of the view that Air New Zealands claim is without merit.

AIALs chief executive, Don Huse, said: Three years of consultation regarding the setting of new charges was conducted by AIAL in strict accordance with the law and best practice.

AIAL is entering the final year of a four-year, $500 million capital expenditure programme. A fair and reasonable pricing framework that incentivises airport investment is crucial. The action brought by Air New Zealand is most unfortunate. It will be strongly defended by AIAL.