Responding to the publication of Heathrow Airport’s future investment plans and charges for the period 2014 to 2019, Virgin Atlantic Chief Operating Officer Steve Griffiths said:
Virgin Atlantic is totally committed to improving the passenger experience at Heathrow. However, we believe this can be done without a repeat of the incredibly steep price rises we have seen in airport charges in the last few years. Prices at Heathrow are triple the level they were ten years ago. Clearly this is a concern for all passengers travelling through Heathrow, and all airlines operating there.
– Virgin Atlantic Chief Operating Officer Steve Griffith
Passengers using Heathrow face a massive rise in airport charges to fund a £3bn investment programme, it has been revealed this morning. The move sparked an angry reaction from airlines who say fees should be going down in real terms - not up.
Fees could rise by 25 per cent in seven years, the airport owner said in a consultation document. Airlines and the CAA will now be consulted on the plan. Charges for each passenger will go up from around £20 to almost £25 per person.
The plans include the completion of Terminal 2 and the early works on extending the building; the development of a new integrated baggage system; and the construction of new taxiways and stands which will allow Heathrow to accommodate more of the most modern aircraft.