Updated Thursday, 23 September 2021 – 13:57
They will enter between 1,200 and 2,000 million euros less for this concept
A packaging store at Valencia airportALBERTO SIZ
Aena will have to lower the rent for commercial premises in airports that manages, as demanded by these operators, who have claimed since the beginning of the pandemic that the manager, 51% owned by the state, charge them based on air traffic, now well below normal due to the health crisis.
The Plenary of Congress has voted this Thursday in favor of this reduction, after last week the Senate approved an amendment to adapt these rents to air traffic. This will suppose a decrease in the airport manager’s income of between 1,200 and 2,000 million euros in five years.
The PSOE has run out of enough support to avoid the approval of an amendment introduced in the Senate by Coalicin Canaria. All parliamentary groups have been in favor of this initiative, except Podemos, which has abstained. The PSOE has defended that imposing a rent reduction from Parliament generate legal insecurity.
The leasing system that Aena has with these operators is complex. The commercial premises of the airports have very different conditions than those of a shopping center or a store at street level, since, under normal conditions, sales are higher than those of a normal business. For this reason, the rents are also much higher.
These businesses pay Aena a guaranteed minimum income, which has a variable part (a percentage of sales is paid each month) and a fixed part, which is calculated based on passenger traffic and which is settled at the end of the year.
The pandemic changed everything and with the collapse of air traffic, commercial operators demanded that payments be adapted to current traffic. Aena negotiated with the businesses the exemption of the payment during the first state of alarm and a reduction in the following months, but this was not accepted by all the businesses. These are mainly catering spaces that belong, in some cases, to multinationals.
Different associations of merchants and restaurateurs had asked the parliamentary groups to support this amendment. Among them were Hostelera de Espaa, Marcas de Restauracin and Foment del Treball Naacional. These organizations allege that not adjusting rents to air traffic will lead to the insolvency and closure of the vast majority of companies that operate at their airports.
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