7.2 Airline Use Agreements

The general objective of an airline use agreement is to develop a working relationship between airport operator and the airline as business partners, which will help each party achieve its respective goals and objectives. The airline use agreement details the lease rates to be paid as well as the responsibilities of both the airlines and the airport. The costs structure used in the agreement can be residual, compensatory, or a hybrid of both.

ACRP Report 36: Airport/Airline Agreements—Practices and Characteristics
Designed to assist both airport operators and airlines with negotiating and understanding various aspects of airline/airport operator business relationships—including those in use and lease agreements—by enhancing mutual understanding of each other’s decision-making process during negotiations.