[아시아경제 조강욱 기자] Airport facility usage fee reduction measures for airlines and ground handlers will be extended for an additional six months until the end of this year.
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, Incheon International Airport Corporation, and Korea Airports Corporation announced on the 28th that they would extend the airport facility usage fee reduction and exemption for an additional six months to support airlines and ground handlers who are experiencing difficulties due to the prolonged COVID-19 damage.
In order to minimize the damage to the aviation industry due to COVID-19, the government has announced plans to reduce or defer commercial facility rentals and airport facility usage fees nine times jointly with related ministries.
Through this, reductions and exemptions (122.3 billion won) in the aviation sector (airport facility usage fees, etc.) from March last year to this month (1,255.5 billion won) in the commercial sector (1,255.5 billion won), other facility rent reductions (6.4 billion won) and deferment of payment (4194 billion won) The total amount of support to the aviation industry such as KRW 100 million) exceeds KRW 1.85 trillion.
International passengers, which account for about 62.4% of airline sales, are in a state of de facto suspension (down 97.6% compared to 2019 as of April), including entry restrictions by countries around the world. In particular, in the case of low-cost carriers (LCCs), it is difficult to expand cargo transportation (does not possess cargo planes) and the proportion of domestic flight sales is not sufficient to recover from damage. Without additional government support, it is difficult to maintain the aviation industry ecosystem such as job instability. to be.
Accordingly, the government, Incheon International Airport Corporation, and Korea Airports Corporation have come up with and implemented additional support measures in consideration of the uncertain outlook for the recovery of COVID-19 and the difficult business conditions of the airline industry.
As the airport facility usage fee reduction period is extended for an additional 6 months until the end of December this year, an additional reduction of about 58 billion won will be applied. estimated
“Considering that it is difficult to resume groundbreaking international flights for the time being, and commercial facility rental reductions are also due by the end of this year, we plan to provide preemptive support to overcome the crisis in the aviation industry caused by COVID-19,” said Yoon Jin-hwan, director of aviation policy at the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. “In addition to direct support such as reduction of airport facility usage fees, we will actively seek and actively pursue possible alternatives in the Corona situation such as international tourism flights and travel bubbles,” he said.
Reporter Kang-wook Cho [email protected]
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