6 APRIL 2015
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In another bid to ensure that UK regional passengers do not bypass the London hub when connecting long haul (last week it focussed on Northolt as a partner airport) Heathrow is proposing reducing passenger charges by £10 for domestic services from 1 January 2016.
The discount would be supported by increasing the total share of airport landing charges recovered through noise and emissions, adding further incentives for airlines to operate the quietest and cleanest aircraft from Heathrow.
John Holland-Kaye, CEO of Heathrow, said: “We’re serious when we say Heathrow is committed to making sure that businesses across Britain can benefit from the connections to growth markets that only the UK’s hub can provide, whilst incentivising only the quietest and cleanest planes to operate from Heathrow. Our proposal to cut passenger charges by a third for domestic services will help us continue to drive the tourism, exports, inbound tourism and foreign direct investment that supports economic growth across the whole of the UK.”
The move by the airport will be seen to put further pressure on Government to remove the double whammy tax on domestic routes (passengers now pay £13 each way APD), reduce overcrowded long distance trains, and help sustain regional economies. www.heathrowairport.com
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