Airlines operating out of London Gatwick and London Heathrow have been responding to the new airport charges outlined by the Civil Aviation Authority today. Craig Kreeger, Chief Executive of Virgin Atlantic, welcomed reduction at Heathrow but was disappointed the CAA did not go further.
– Virgin Atlantic Chief Executive Craig Kreeger
This move compounds the huge increases that passengers have endured in recent years with prices at Heathrow already triple the level they were ten years ago. Coupled with ever increasing Air Passenger Duty, passengers flying to and from the UK are facing some of the highest travelling charges in the world
Coupled with ever increasing Air Passenger Duty, passengers flying to and from the UK are facing some of the highest travelling charges in the world. Virgin say the CAA must use this consultation period to review its proposals and ensure charges are reduced at both airports.
easyJet have also given their view this morning. They said they are disappointed with the proposed charges of RPI +1% and believe the move is being driven by capital expenditure that "doesn't provide value for money for passengers and an unreasonably high cost of capital."
easyJet will respond to the CAA asking for it to reduce the proposed charges