Traveling Through Heathrow Airport Becomes More Expensive
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) expressed deep frustration on April 28, 2021, with the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) decision allowing Heathrow Airport to extract higher passenger charges.
'Consumers will pay millions more to travel, to the benefit of Heathrow’s shareholders,' stated Willie Walsh, IATA´s Director General, in a press statement.
'Heathrow’s landing charges are already the highest in the world, damaging UK competitiveness and burdening travelers.'
'This is the time when everyone in aviation should be pulling together to reduce costs and rebuild an important sector of the economy, not seeking to cover losses on the tab of its customers.'
'Irrespective of our next steps to counter the damage of this decision, we do agree with the finding of the CAA that Heathrow must invest in better services for airlines and travelers. We expect the CAA to hold Heathrow to these obligations,” added Walsh.
During 2018, about 80 million air passengers flew on 84 airlines to 203 destinations in 84 countries from Heathrow Airport. The most popular destinations were New York and Dubai.
Heathrow Airport Holdings Limited (formerly BAA) owns and runs London Heathrow Airport, Britain's aviation hub. Heathrow Airport Holdings Limited is in turn owned by FGP Topco Limited.