FRAConnect - The new incentive program for airlines
Fraport’s new incentive program has been approved by the HMWVL on December 4, 2013. Fraport AG will reward airlines at FRA with retroactive reductions in airport charges during 2014 and 2015, if they achieve passenger growth of more than one percent per year on international routes. However, this shall only apply if airlines deploy advanced and low-noise aircraft to achieve that growth.
In each case, passenger growth is measured on the basis of the previous year’s volume – with continental and intercontinental traffic treated separately. Fraport only takes into consideration the portion of passenger growth that the airline achieves using low-noise aircraft types. For continental routes, this means aircraft types classified within noise categories 1 through 11. For intercontinental routes, this means aircraft types grouped in noise categories 1 through 12. Frankfurt Airport has a total of 16 aircraft noise categories (see airport charges regulation page 6 to 9 on www.fraport.com).
Fraport is already a global leader in establishing a greater range in airport charges based on noise categories. Quiet aircraft are charged less, while loud aircraft pay significantly more. This additional incentive program underscores how consistently airport charges are used as a way to reward airlines that deploy the quietest aircraft possible. Domestic traffic has been intentionally excluded from the new program, because FRA intends to strengthen European and international traffic and hence its role as an intercontinental hub.