Curbing air fair hikes?

Air passengers will today be given the first indication of how fares will change over the next five years at the capital's three main airports.

Battling the air bosses

Heathrow bosses want the CAA to allow them to increase airline charges at the west London airport from the equivalent of £19.33 per passenger for 2012/13 to as much as £27.30 for 2018/19.

Gatwick chiefs want to be free of CAA regulation altogether and have argued for a new seven-year, regulation-free regime which would equate to the per-passenger fee going up from £8.80 in 2014 to a maximum of £10.68 in 2020/21.

At Stansted, Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary has long railed against what he sees as excessive airline charges and has been particularly scathing of the CAA as a regulatory body. CAA's announcement represents it's initial proposals with a final decision due in January.

Easing the cost for airlines

Planes on the runway at Gatwick Airport
Planes on the runway at Gatwick Airport Credit: PA

New proposals from the avation regulator mean airlines will be charged less for using Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted - limiting potential fare hikes for travellers.

The three airports are the only ones regulated by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), which can cap the amount the airports can impose on airlines in take-off and landing fees.

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