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Row over Heathrow charges

Passengers using Heathrow face a massive rise in airport charges to fund a £3bn investment programme, it has been revealed this morning.

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Passengers will help to fund Heathrow expansion

Expansion plans for Heathrow - but who should pay? Credit: PA

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.

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