Passengers flying between London’s Heathrow Airport and regional UK airports will incur an extra £7 passenger fee beginning in April 2011. Rising from approximately £13 to £20 per person, the charge is causing outrage with domestic airlines as well as the Scottish Passenger Agents’ Association.
SPAA president Brian Potter claims the levy is “yet more exploitation of beleaguered air passengers in the UK ” and is seeking a “re-think” from Heathrow Airport Limited. Mr Potter argues domestic passengers use far less immigration and customs services than do connecting passengers who are set to receive a 25% reduction of fees.
Air carriers British Airways and bmi have also expressed concern and have asked the Civil Aviation Authority to intervene.
HAL claims the new charge will be comparable to departure fees at competing European airports.
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