Strategic Meetings Summit London, 26 September,
September 29 2022, Kimpton Fitzroy London
Friday 30 September 2022, JW Marriott Grosvenor
This week we report on a breakthrough in how lodge cars can be used, another HRG acquisition in America, rumours of a buyer for CWT and perhaps TQ3 Navigant and how green issues have again come to the fore.
Another story which seems unwilling to go away is the pronounced view of airlines – or least the bodies which represent them – that airports are not offering them a good deal.
The row has been rumbling on since at least last December when Robert Milton, chairman of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for a boycott of some airport because of the steep hike in charges they were demanding.
IATA quickly backed off from this intemperate threat but Giovanni Bisignani, ceo of the Association, was back on the attack this week.
In a hearing before the EC transport commissioner, Jacques Barrot, Mr Bisignani cited four airports which had apparently raised their fees by more than 25% since 2001.
He was backed up by the Association of European Airlines (AEA) which said that the rise in airport charges in Europe had far outstripped inflation.
Both have called for a more robust EC policy on airports. What the EC can actually do is unclear. Many airports are privately owned and operated and, by their nature, are often the only such facility in a particular city.
It might be more sensible and more fruitful if both sides, airports and airlines sat down and talked the matter through. Both, after all, need each other.
It does matter to business travel that a mutually acceptable agreement is reached as corporates can be certain that any increase in charges will be passed on to the traveller.