Airport and aviation price notification

  • We assess notifications of proposed price increases from Sydney Airport in relation to regional air services.
  • We also assess notifications of proposed price increases from Airservices Australia for air traffic control, and aviation fire-fighting and rescue services.

What the ACCC does

  • We assess proposed price increases from Sydney Airport for regional air services.
  • We assess proposed price increases from Airservices Australia.

What the ACCC can't do

  • We don’t regulate airports or airlines.

About the price notification process

The price notification process allows the tracking of prices in markets where there isn’t enough competition. These are markets that don’t normally achieve efficient prices for consumers.

Price notification applies to notified goods and services from declared firms. The Minister makes the decision on these firms, and the goods and services that are notified.

These firms need to inform the ACCC of any proposed price increase to notified goods and services.

What we do in assessing price notifications

The ACCC assesses notifications of proposed price increases by declared firms.

There are currently 2 declared firms:

  • Sydney Airport for regional air services
  • Airservices Australia.

Sydney Airport for regional air services

Services that are covered

Aeronautical services and facilities provided by Sydney airport to regional air services are subject to a:

  • price notification process
  • cap on prices.

Services are declared under Competition and Consumer (Price Notifications—Aeronautical Services to NSW Regional Airlines) Declaration 2019. This Direction began on 1 July 2019 and ends on 30 June 2022.

Before increasing prices for these services, Sydney Airport must notify the ACCC and have the price accepted.

In assessing these notifications, we follow a Direction to give special consideration to the Government’s policy. This is under section 95ZH of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.

Pricing standard

A pricing standard enables operators of regional air services to continue to access Sydney Airport.

Competition and Consumer (Prices Surveillance—Aeronautical Services to NSW Regional Airlines) Direction 2019 includes the pricing standard.

This standard is the total revenue-weighted percentage increase in prices in a given financial year. It should not be more than the percentage change between the sum of the quarterly Consumer Price Index numbers for the reference year and the year preceding the reference year.

The reference year is the 12-month period ending on 31 March immediately before the start of the given financial year.

The Direction started on 1 July 2019 and ends on 30 June 2022

Airservices Australia

Airservices Australia is a government-owned organisation. It provides:

  • air traffic control services
  • aviation fire-fighting and rescue services to airports and airlines.

These services are declared under Competition and Consumer (Airservices Australia Prices Surveillance) Declaration 2018.

Airservices Australia must notify the ACCC of proposed increases to prices charged for these services.

Possible outcomes of a price notification

After assessing the proposed price increases, we either:

  • do not object to the increases
  • do not object to increases lower than those proposed
  • object to the proposed increases.

We let the applicant know of the outcome.

The legal basis of our functions

Price notification rules are in Part VIIA of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.

Airport and aviation price notification projects

This is a list of airport and aviation price notifications provided to the ACCC and other related projects.

See a complete list of airport projects.

Title Industry Type Status
Airservices Australia 2015 Airports Price notification Finalised
22/06/2015

Airservices Australia (Airservices) has submitted a draft price notification to the ACCC proposing increases to its charges for terminal navigation (TN) and aviation rescue and fire-fighting (ARFF) services, effective from 1 July 2015. The proposed price increases are the same as those that were outlined in Airservices’ long-term pricing agreement, which was assessed by the ACCC in 2011.

Review of the Airport quality of service monitoring guideline 2013 Airports Guideline Finalised
30/06/2013

The Airport quality of service monitoring guideline was issued in June 2013

Airservices Australia 2014 Airports Price notification Finalised
26/06/2014

On 10 June 2014 Airservices submitted a formal price notification to the ACCC proposing new charges for en route, terminal navigation and aviation rescue and fire-fighting services, effective from 1 July 2014.

The proposed prices are consistent with those that were outlined in Airservices’ long-term pricing agreement, which was assessed by the ACCC in 2011, and the draft price notification submitted to the ACCC on 9 May 2014.

The ACCC released its decision to not object to Airservices' price notification on 26 June 2014.

Sydney Airport regional aviation 2013 Airports Price notification Finalised
14/08/2013

On 14 August 2013 the ACCC released its decision, which was not to object to the price notification.

Airservices Australia 2013 Airports Price notification Finalised
14/06/2013

The ACCC released its decision to not object to Airservices' price notification on 14 June 2013.

Airservices Australia 2012 Airports Price notification Finalised
27/06/2012

The ACCC released its decision to not object to Airservices' price notification on 27 June 2012.

Airservices Australia 2011 Airports Price notification Finalised
22/09/2011

The ACCC released its decision to not object to this price notification on 22 September 2011.

Sydney Airport regional aviation 2010 Airports Price notification Finalised
17/09/2010

The ACCC decided to object to the price increases in SACL's price notification for regional air services and released its final decision on 17 September 2010.

See also

Regulatory approach to price notifications

Competition and Consumer (Prices Surveillance—Aeronautical Services to NSW Regional Airlines) Direction 2019

Competition and Consumer (Price Notifications—Aeronautical Services to NSW Regional Airlines) Declaration 2019

Competition and Consumer (Airservices Australia Prices Surveillance) Declaration 2018

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