Madrid/Palma.—Taxes at airports belonging to the Spanish National Airports Authority (AENA) network will rise by 5 points above the cost of living index (IPC) for this month, a National Budget (PGE) project committee said yesterday.

The IPC, published by the National Institute for Statistics (INE) for September stood at 3.5%, meaning that for a similar percentage to be maintained in October, airport taxes would have to exceed 8 percent.

Next year's national budget forecasts a reduction of 20 percent in the amount of money made available for passengers who are connecting from one flight to another. Connecting passengers are those who once having disembarked from a flight at an airport managed by AENA, they board once again with the same ticket in the same airport within a maximum time limit of 12 hours, in order to embark on another stage of their journey but on a craft with a different flight number and a destination which is different from the origin.

Money for such passenger security at airports in the Balearics, the Canaries, Ceuta and Melilla (Spanish cities in North Africa) will in contrast be lowered during the season when there is less air traffic.