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Heathrow users face fare hike as airport given green light to increase passenger charge

Now Heathrow passengers face paying £7 MORE for tickets under new plans to raise airport’s charges despite months of queue chaos

  • London airport has been given the green light to raise prices it charges airlines
  • Airport bosses had wanted to charge up to £43 in January but were blocked
  • Civil Aviation Authority ordered to cost to be capped at £25 to £35 for five years
  • Heathrow has agreed to an interim figure of £30 for passenger charge next year
  • It charges £23 for cost of operating terminals, runways, baggage and security


Holidaymakers and frequent flyers are facing yet more travel misery, with Heathrow now set to hike the price it charges airlines by £7 per person.

The London airport has been given the green light to raise the prices it charges airlines to £30 per passenger next year.

At present, the airport can charge up to £23 per passenger for the cost of operating terminals, runways, baggage systems and security.

Airport bosses had wanted to charge as much as £43 in January.

But industry regular- the Civil Aviation Authority – stepped in and ordered the cost to be capped at £25 to £35 for the next five years.

Holidaymakers and frequent flyers are facing yet more travel misery, with Heathrow now set to hike the price it charges airlines by £8 per person

The rising cost is likely to be passed on to airline passengers, who have already endured months of travel disruption and confusing travel restrictions. 

It means the average family of four face an extra £30 in flight costs next year.

But the will also help Heathrow to recover from its huge losses suffered due to Covid.

The airport, the UK’s largest, reported a £2billion annual loss due to a huge drop in customer numbers last year.

It comes as former British Airways boss warned last week that the cost of a family summer holiday could soar by up to £100 next year due to Heathrow airport’s ‘outrageous’ price hikes. 

Mr Walsh accused Heathrow of acting like a ‘greedy monopoly’ and said its wealthy shareholders must ‘step up’ to provide investment after years of generous dividend payouts.  

The Irishman, who now runs the International Air Transport Association trade body, had joined BA and Virgin Atlantic in lobbying the regulator to block the price hikes.

Mr Walsh said: ‘Heathrow must understand that gouging its customers is not the road to recovery for itself, the airlines, travel and tourism jobs, or travellers.

‘I have sympathy for some airports, but looking for a 90 per cent increase, I just find that outrageous. There is simply no justification for that, and the only reason they are doing that is because they believe they can.

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