Airport users should be included on the Airport Authority board, an expert said yesterday. Legislator for the tourism sector Howard Young said passengers, airlines, retailers and travel agents were among those worst hit by the economic downturn. He said they should have a voice on the board, which now comprises mainly financiers and construction experts. Mr Young said airport users were being 'screwed' by high rents and other charges, which should be reduced until the financial climate improved. The Commission of Inquiry on the new airport should investigate whether Chek Lap Kok's opening was rushed so revenue raising could begin, he said. 'We need to look at whether the structure of the [authority] and its board are keeping up with the times . . . there is a lack of anyone with airport operation, airline or travel experience. It is easy just to screw them for their money, but the airport's users should be given their say.' The authority's annual report says the appointment of board members was determined by the former Governor and is now overseen by the Chief Executive. A spokesman for Tung Chee-hwa said there were no plans to review board membership.