Heathrow Airport Cutting Fees for Domestic Passengers
Heathrow Airport in London has a vision and has a plan, and unlike other companies with visions and plans that end up costing the public, this one might actually save some Brits some money.
The airport plans to cut the passenger fee from 30 euros to 20 euros for anyone who flies domestically in a bid to boost more flights within the U.K, not to mention some homegrown tourism, according to the London Telegraph.
According to the paper, the airport believes more affordable domestic flights are not only good for passengers, but will make the seven routes being offered – Leeds Bradford, Belfast City, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Newcastle – more viable for regional airports that find themselves in a quandary between choosing an overseas flight or a domestic flight for their limited takeoff slots.
Even better, to make up the difference, Heathrow has no plans to pass the costs on to international travelers. Instead, the paper noted, Heathrow will raise fees on the noisiest and most polluting airlines, which it hopes will encourage companies to use more environmentally friendly planes.
John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow chief executive, told the Telegraph that the airport is “serious when we say Heathrow is committed to making sure that businesses across Britain can benefit from the connections to growth markets that only the U.K.’s hub can provide, while incentivizing only the quietest and cleanest planes to operate from Heathrow. Our proposal to cut passenger charges by a third for domestic services will help us continue to drive the tourism, exports, inbound tourism and foreign direct investment that supports economic growth across the whole of the U.K.”
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