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Ofcom To Force Airlines To Pay For Radio Frequency  
User currently offlineDaysleeper From UK - England, joined Dec 2009, 850 posts, RR: 1
Posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2822 times:



Quoting The Register:
UK regulator Ofcom is again consulting on charging airports for the frequencies they use, even if the spectrum can't be used for anything else.

Ofcom's proposal (pdf) sets fees ranging from £75 to £19,000 which will be charged to airports operating radios in the 118.975-147MHz band, with discounts for those operating in the boondocks, and will be phased in over the next five years to cushion the blow.

This could apparently cost the airlines up to 4 million GBP. Given how fragile the industry is at the moment do you think that’s a cost which is going to be passed onto the PAX? If so I wonder if will be applied to just flights originating in the UK or any flight which has to use UK airspace.


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User currently offlineDaysleeper From UK - England, joined Dec 2009, 850 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2751 times:

Just thinking a little more about this and reading the article again, it only mentions airports. I can’t imagine that NATS would be exempt though unless the frequencies quoted aren’t the full band and only cover those used by the tower for approach and dispatch.

If it does cover the whole band and NATS I wonder if it would have a knock on effect for the air corridors and routing.


User currently offlineTUIflyer From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2008, 206 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2652 times:



Quoting Daysleeper (Thread starter):

With Government cuts looming, they'll be looking to get extra revenue from wherever they can. I don't really see how this is fair though, to either airlines or airports because it ultimately only hurts the consumer; the very people they are supposed to protect. Ofcom will pass this on to the airports (even though there is absolutely no cost,) the airports will pass it on to the airlines and then the airlines will pass it on to pax - who are already hurting with high fares and increased taxes.

The Government and it's agencies need to start giving aviation a bit of slack, not only does it generate millions of pounds worth of revenue for UK business and tourism it also gives them plenty of tax revenue. The industry is already hurting badly and they just don't do anything to help.



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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25546 posts, RR: 50
Reply 3, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2590 times:

Really no big deal. The charges are relatively peanuts anyhow.

In the US, the FCC charges license fees for aircraft and aviation ground radios also.



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User currently offlineTUIflyer From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2008, 206 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2573 times:



Quoting LAXintl (Reply 3):

For your airlines it is already an existing charge and cost, for ours it is a new stealth tax on an industry that is already haemorraging money.

TUIflyer



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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25546 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2496 times:

The fees are not on airlines, but on the airports. And if they cannot absorb the proposed charges of £75 to £19,000, they should not be in the business of running multi million pound facilities.


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User currently offlineTUIflyer From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2008, 206 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2486 times:



Quoting LAXintl (Reply 5):

The airports will not just absorb this, they are already struggling due to decling passenger numbers, they will pass it onto airlines through increased landing fees etc, and as the op stated it could cost up to £4 million. If airlines are cost conscious to the point that they charge for online check in, surely they will query £75 to £19000.

TUIflyer



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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25546 posts, RR: 50
Reply 7, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2425 times:

They are free to pass on the cost if they wish -- a £75 to £19000 fee would be less then a fraction of a pence per passenger. Hardly something and airline, nor a passenger would notice.

Simply put, the proposed £75 to £19,000 charge is peanuts in the grand scheme of things for an airport.



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