| AIRPORT taxes will rise by seven per cent in Spain next year, which is set to whack up the cost of flights.
Although the government claims the average cost per flight ticket will be just 1.40 euros extra, the increase in airport duties will be five per cent above inflation.
According to the Secretary of State for Infrastructure, Transport and Housing, Rafael Catalá, the tax hike will not greatly affect the price of flying, or the profits of airlines.
He says these are mainly driven by staff costs and fuel prices.
Catalá stresses that Spanish airport taxes are 43 per cent lower than those in the rest of Europe and that through money paid by customers, the airline governing body AENA only makes up 63 per cent of its own costs – but will claw back 76 per cent once taxes go up.
The government is said to be negotiating restructures and 'adjustments' in staff to help cover costs, and says next year's budget will include 274.27 million towards the existing discounts for air travel for residents in the Canaries, the Balearics, Ceuta and Melilla.