Heathrow hopes to be allowed to increase long-haul passenger charge…

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Heathrow hopes to be allowed to increase long-haul passenger charge…

Heathrow hopes to be allowed to increase long-haul passenger charge from £38.33 to £67.86 in 2022
2021-09-20 09:42:00
The Telegraph has obtained details of plans by Heathrow to increase its charges for long-haul passenger next year, by about £30 per person, up from about £38. Heathrow has massive debts, bad before Covid and far worse now.  It has one of the biggest debt piles in British corporate history.  Heathrow says it is not expecting more than a quarter of the number of passengers in 2022, compared to the number (81 million) in 2019 – so it has to increases prices.  It has had to ask lenders for waivers on banking conditions, to avoid defaulting on its loans.  Heathrow will have to get agreement from the CAA for an increase in costs, under its regulatory framework. The CAA is likely to decide on this in the next month, and it may not be favourable to Heathrow.  The airlines are predictably angry. However, in order to reduce aviation carbon emissions, some demand reduction is needed – such as higher prices – though the government will not consider that.  Heathrow is also planning a new levy on air cargo, to make more money.  It is also planning to introduce a new lower noise level, to encourage less noisy planes. .Tweet     Heathrow in dogfight with airlines over plans to double airport charges Leaked proposals reveal that long-haul charges will rocket from £38.33 per passenger to almost £68 next year By Oliver Gill,   CHIEF BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT (Telegraph) 18 September 2021 Heathrow airport is locked in a dogfight with airlines over plans to almost double passenger charges as it grapples with one of the biggest debt piles in British corporate history. Leaked proposals, seen by The Telegraph, reveal that long-haul charges will rocket from £38.33 per traveller this year to £67.86 in 2022. Virgin Atlantic said the increase – along with a rise in other bills – would cost a family of four flying to Florida an additional £200.  [That is probably not a lot, compared to the whole cost of their trip.  It is only £30 more per person!  AW comment] Former British Airways boss Willie Walsh, now head of industry body Iata, said: “We’ve heard that inflation is coming back, but that is ridiculous. “It is outrageous that Heathrow’s shareholders are seeking to recoup Covid losses at the expense of their airline customers. The UK’s air connectivity is the slowest-recovering in Europe and it cannot afford to be set back by even higher charges.” Heathrow has been hit hard by a combination of the UK’s maligned “traffic light” Covid border system, and gross debts of almost £20bn. With the airport expecting to welcome fewer passengers in 2022 than this year – roughly a quarter of the 81m in 2019 – bosses have had to ask lenders for waivers on the airport’s banking conditions to avoid defaulting on its loans. A spokesman for the airport said: “Unfortunately, with fewer people travelling as a result of Covid, we now have no choice but

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