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Economic regulation of airports (2019)

Final report has been released

What is an inquiry?

  • Why the inquiry?
  • Issues paper
  • Draft report
  • Final report

What we’ve been asked to look at

The Australian Government asked the Productivity Commission to investigate whether the economic regulation of airport services promotes the efficient operation of airports and related industries. The focus of the inquiry is the provision of passenger and freight services at the main passenger airports in Australia's major cities.

Read the Terms of Reference Media release

Issues paper release and initial submissions

The Commission released an issues paper to guide people in preparing a submission. It set out some of the issues and questions the Commission has identified as relevant at the early stage of the inquiry. Participants should have provided evidence to support their views, including data and specific examples where possible.

Initial submissions were due by 3 September 2018.

Read the issues paper

Draft report release

The Commission has sought further information and feedback on the draft report.

Submissions were due by 25 March 2019.

Read the draft report

Final report to Government and release

The final inquiry report was handed to the Australian Government on 21 June 2019 and publicly released on 22 October 2019.

The report into airport services examines whether current regulatory arrangements constrain the ability of airport operators to exercise their market power over passengers and airlines through unduly high charges, poor service quality, or both.

Recommendations are presented to enhance transparency over airport performance and to more readily detect any future exercise of market power by airport operators.

The Government responded to the inquiry report on 11 December 2019.

Read the inquiry report Government response

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