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Airlines lose out in battle with airports

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Airline operators have been left disappointed after a report found major airports aren’t misusing their market power.

The Productivity Commission has released a report rejecting calls for the tighter regulation of airports.

The federal government’s advisory body said a new independent arbitrator was not necessary despite a push from the airlines and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Airlines claim that airports in Australia’s major cities are charging unfairly high prices to use runways and terminals.

Industry group Airlines for Australia and New Zealand chairman Graeme Samuel tells Ross Greenwood they had expected the result.

“The whole thing just smacks of saying we’ve formed our view, we’re not going to listen to any view that contradicts it and that’s it.”

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