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Gatwick flyers will pay more

The amount passengers pay to pass through Heathrow is to fall in real terms the Civil Aviation Authority has just announced but at Gatwick it will rise.

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Plane boss criticises price plans

British Airways head Willie Walsh says he will put pressure on the Civil Aviation Authority to reconsider its plans for prices at London Airports.

Heathrow airport is over-priced, over-rewarded and inefficient and these proposals, which will result in an increase in prices, fail to address this situation. In the past the CAA has rewarded Heathrow for inefficiency and it is now the most expensive hub airport in the world. Its charges have tripled in the last 11 years with inflation busting increases year-on-year.The Gatwick proposals, which will result in a significant increase in charges, are completely unjustifiable, totally unacceptable and directly contravene the CAA’s new remit to represent customers’ interests."

– Willie Walsh, chief executive of IAG, British Airways’ parent company

Mr Walsh said that under the CAA's new remit, Dame Deirdre Hutton and the CAA board should protect customers and ensure that they got a better deal.

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