l Airport landing fees will go up by around 7 percent next year, Secretary of State for Infrastructure Rafael Catalá said yesterday, adding that he didn't think the figure would create “grave problems” for air companies.

The increase in landing fees will mean that tickets would cost an average of 1.4 euros more, Catalá said during Public Works Ministry Committee meeting in Congress. “Landing fees increases are just one of the financial assessments that companies have to make,” Catalá said, “along with other demands such as the increase in the price of fuel and salary costs.” He said that he realised that Central Government was coming in for severe criticism because of the increase in landing fees but claimed that previous consultation had been made before announcing the rise. He said that landing fees at Spanish airports were four percent cheaper than the EU average.

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