8 JANUARY 2018
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In a determined effort to reduce the cost of domestic air travel Heathrow Airport Ltd is to reduce its charges on regional flights by £15. At present flyers have to pay UK Air Passenger Duty (APD) of £13 both ways on internal flights but only outbound to places such as Amsterdam. The Dutch government does not charge APD.
Heathrow says the domestic discount is just one element in a package of measures it is implementing to support UK destinations – ultimately increasing the airport’s domestic connections from eight today to at least 14 when the airport expands in 2025. Other measures include creating a £10m fund to provide start-up capital for five new internal UK routes and urging the Government to ring-fence slots post Brexit on domestic flights and campaigning for the abolition of APD.
CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “Every corner of our country should be able to benefit from the growth and trade that stems from links to the nation’s hub airport – that’s why Heathrow is making it cheaper to fly within the UK by reducing our domestic passenger charges even further for the second consecutive year. Putting nearly £40m back into the pockets of British families and businesses each year will help to spur growth in every part of the UK.”
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