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Gate Lease America Vs Europe?

Fri Mar 16, 2007 2:51 am

As far as I know gate leases are a common feature in the US, while I don't think it's very common in Europe, at least not in Norway.

Is gate leases a benefit to the industry, or would there be more competition, if the gates were assigned according to availability?
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RE: Gate Lease America Vs Europe?

Fri Mar 16, 2007 2:58 am

In my opinion, gate lease is a benefit to the airline and the airport.

The airline gets guaranteed access no matter how many flights they offer and they can use it as a tactic to block new entrants..

The airport gets a guaranteed revenue source regardless of the amount of flights...

But it can also be a sore spot..

The airline may not use the gate to their maximum and could be taking up valuabe space..

The airport will not be getting the revenue from the take-offs and landings if the airline don't use it to their fullest potential.. and the airport might not have the ability to offer gates if another airline wants to enter the market (ie. DALLAS LOVE)..

A lot of the airprorts have long term leases (read 10-30 years).. some have month to moth with is beneficial for both the airport and the airline as it allows for quick changes.. some are starting to have CUTE, which you know about..

Home my own personal synopsis helps.. I'm sure there are others out there that could say more..
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RE: Gate Lease America Vs Europe?

Fri Mar 16, 2007 3:11 am

There is actually a rather long thread about this exact same topic going on right now...

Try a search next time before you post - you'd be surprised at what you can find that might answer your questions!  wink