Mon, Sep 10, 2007
Projected Budget Surplus Means Refunds For Carriers
Nearly three years after Delta Air Lines pulled its hub operation out
of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport -- leaving scores of
unemployed workers and vacant gates in its wake -- things are now
far rosier for the central US mega-airport... and airport officials
are giving something back.
USA Today reports the airport expects to come in under budget
for Fiscal Year 2007... and as a reward, DFW plans to refund more
than $23 million to its airline tenants.
That number represents about half the projected $48 budget
surplus, according to the paper. Approximately $13 million of the
surplus will bolster a pension fund for airport staff, as well as
American Airlines will likely benefit most from the refunded
fees and rent payments. The Fort Worth-based carrier is by far the
largest operator at DFW.
This isn't the first time this year DFW has cut checks back to
airlines. The airport already cut landing fees this year, and
expects to do so yet again; the first round of cuts saved airlines
about $12 million this year alone.
For that kind of money, it's no wonder airlines are willing to
endure the occasional thunderstorm...
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