2019 was a banner year for airport incentives; Spirit Airlines landed most fee waivers by far

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AUSTIN (Austin Business Journal) — Austin airport officials bet big on getting one budget carrier off the ground in 2019. An Austin-Bergstrom International Airport incentives program waived more than $7 million in fees to airlines last year, according to documents obtained in a records request, and Spirit Airlines accounted for two-thirds of that.

Carriers typically pay what are known as facility fees to use and occupy space at Austin-Bergstrom. Facility fees include charges to use space for ticket counters or baggage storage, as well as fees to land aircraft at the airport.

Austin-Bergstrom’s incentive program is mainly composed of waivers or reductions for these types of fees in order to entice more domestic and international air service.

Read the full story at the Austin Business Journal.

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