LAX Settles Fee Dispute


Los Angeles airport officials on Tuesday announced that they agreed to cut or delay millions of dollars in fees for foreign airlines flying into Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX.

The easing of the fees comes as part of a settlement of a complaint that 22 carriers had filed with the U.S. Department of Transportation in February 2007. Airport officials have agreed to cut $3.4 million in lease payments and delay another $61 million in fees for at least five years.

The carriers, including Aer Lingus, Qantas, China Airlines, British Airways and Mexicana Airlines, claimed that steep hike in rents and other fees levied by the airport to help pay for the ongoing $723 million terminal renovation were unjustified and unlawful.

The airlines had asked the transportation department to overturn the fees and rent hikes.

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