Economic Regulation of Airport Services

Inquiry report

This inquiry report was released on 30 March 2012.

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Contents

  • Preliminaries
    • Cover, Copyright, Letter of transmittal, Terms of reference, Contents, Abbreviations, Explanations and Glossary
  • Overview - including key points
  • Findings and Recommendations
  • Chapter 1 About the inquiry
    • 1.1 Background to the inquiry
    • 1.2 The Commission's task
    • 1.3 The Commission's approach
    • 1.4 Conduct of the inquiry
  • Chapter 2 Australia's major airports
    • 2.1 Australia's major airports: an introduction
    • 2.2 Inside a major airport
    • 2.3 Developments in the air travel market
  • Chapter 3 The institutional environment
    • 3.1 Airport sale and lease conditions
    • 3.2 Price and quality of service monitoring
    • 3.3 Other relevant competition legislation
    • 3.4 Other regulation of airports
    • 3.5 Airport planning arrangements
    • 3.6 Land access infrastructure and services
  • Chapter 4 Performance of Australian airports
    • 4.1 Benchmarking in the airport sector
    • 4.2 Benchmarking and regulation
    • 4.3 Performance of Australian airports
    • 4.4 Conclusion
  • Chapter 5 Market power and regulation
    • 5.1 Economically efficient airports
    • 5.2 The market power rationale for airport regulation
    • 5.3 Which airports have market power?
    • 5.4 For which services do airports have market power?
    • 5.5 Other rationales for regulating airport services?
    • 5.6 Optimising regulation to address airports' market power
  • Chapter 6 Investment and capacity
    • 6.1 What is investment and capacity?
    • 6.2 Investment determinants
    • 6.3 Investment at Australian airports/li>
    • 6.4 Concerns about investment at Australian airports
    • Annex on investment and pricing
  • Chapter 7 Airside and terminal: monitoring outcomes
    • 7.1 Reported price outcomes
    • 7.2 Reported quality of service outcomes
  • Chapter 8 Commercial negotiation
    • 8.1 The slow path from regulation to negotiation
    • 8.2 Airport users' views on commercial negotiation
    • 8.3 Where to now?
  • Chapter 9 Options for future airport regulation
    • 9.1 The anecdotal evidence is contradictory
    • 9.2 How is the light-handed regime performing?
    • 9.3 What remedies exist now?
    • 9.4 The regime would benefit from a credible threat
    • 9.5 Is an arbitration mechanism also needed?
    • 9.6 Future role for price and quality monitoring?
  • Chapter 10 Improving the monitoring regime
    • 10.1 Objectives of monitoring
    • 10.2 Administrative and compliance costs
    • 10.3 Specific components of monitoring
    • 10.4 Reporting and interpretation of monitoring results
    • 10.5 Coverage of quality of service monitoring
    • 10.6 Is monitoring effective?
    • 10.7 Improvements to the monitoring regime
  • Chapter 11 Airport car parking and ground transport access
    • 11.1 Market power in ground transport access
    • 11.2 The broader ground transport market
    • 11.3 Car parking prices reflect more than cost of supply
    • 11.4 Car park investment
    • 11.5 Evidence of misuse of market power in car parking
    • 11.6 Ground transport access fees and conditions
    • 11.7 Future regulatory arrangements
  • Chapter 12 Broader land transport access and integration issues
    • 12.1 The state of play 'on the ground'
    • 12.2 Coordination of planning systems
    • 12.3 Government funding of road infrastructure
    • 12.4 Funding infrastructure on and around airports
  • Chapter 13 Broader aviation issues
    • 13.1 Conduct of rural and regional airports
    • 13.2 General aviation at major capital city airports
    • 13.3 Aviation security charges
    • 13.4 Noise management at airports
    • 13.5 Fuel throughput levies
  • Appendix A Conduct of the inquiry
  • Appendix B Airports and related information
  • Appendix C Economic regulation of airports: an international comparison
  • References

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