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.

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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.