AirAsia warns sky-high airport charges will deter tourists
13 Mar 2015 05:22:42
AirAsia chief executive Tony Fernandes has lashed out at airport charges in Australia as some of the highest in the world and warned that "tourists won't come forever because there is plenty of choice".
Speaking in Sydney on Thursday, the flamboyant entrepreneur and founder of Asia's largest budget airline group said airport charges and taxes here were "very, very high" at $67 a passenger, which in some cases were more than half the cost of a fare. In contrast, AirAsia paid on average about $US10 ($13) in other parts of the world.
"When you put Australian airport charges and taxes against the world, it is probably one of the highest in the world. I don't understand it," he said.
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