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April 10, 2016

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to use PASSUR’s landing fee programme

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, in Austin, Texas, has awarded a contract to PASSUR Aerospace to deliver its Landing Fee Management programme.

By Lopamudra Roy

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, in Austin, Texas, has awarded a contract to PASSUR Aerospace to deliver its Landing Fee Management programme.

The programme allows precise, complete and transparent reporting and billing of aviation usage fees.

This helps ensure that all operators are paying their fair share, all billable weight is being captured, and unit landing fees are maintained at their lowest possible level.

The programme has automated over 20% of airport revenue, which used to be a manual process. It has increased revenue capture by an average of 1%, and in certain instances as high as 4%.

"The programme allows precise, complete and transparent reporting and billing of aviation usage fees."

This has been achieved by identifying landings that were not self-reported, as well as using airframe-specific weights based on the company’s patented tail number capture.

PASSUR’s automatic landing fee programme allows data to be entered directly into the airport’s financial billing system.

The company’s independent surveillance system and data fusion process captures landings that might not have been self-reported, allowing airlines to pay accurate shares based on their usage.

The programme stops subsidising non-reported landings, helping airlines to save up to $12m every year.

PASSUR provides an archived review to assist airports, using an independent party to audit landing fees.

The programme also speed-ups airport cash collection by enabling them to issue invoices immediately after the end of the month, without waiting for self-reports.

The PASSUR platform has been deployed at 36 airports to manage more than $1bn in annual landing fees. It currently covers 32% of domestic mainline and regional airline landings.

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