By Ron Howells • 17 October 2021 • 12:51
Family holidays look to be more expensive as Heathrow Airport eyes an ‘outrageous’ price hike for next year.
The cost of family summer holidays could spike by £100 as Heathrow Airport eyes price hike, an ex British Airways boss has warned. Family holidays could cost up to £100 more in 2022 because of Heathrow airport’s planned “outrageous” price hikes.
Ex-British Airways boss Willie Walsh has warned that the UK’s busiest airport wants to increase the charges airlines pay by more than 90 per cent from January. If agreed upon, it would mean a spike from £19.36 to £37.63 per passenger, as airlines would have to add the charges to ticket prices.
As an example, a family of five could pay almost £100 more for a flight from Heathrow if the Civil Aviation Authority regulator decides to approve the changes. Mr Walsh has accused Heathrow of acting like a “greedy monopoly” and said that their wealthy shareholders need to “step up” to provide investment after years of generous dividend payouts.
The Irishman, who now runs the International Air Transport Association trade body, has joined BA and Virgin Atlantic in lobbying to block the hikes.
New drop-off charges come into effect on November 1 at Heathrow airport. Across all of the Heathrow terminal forecourts, Britons will now have to pay £5 to drop off friends and family.
The new charge will be managed using Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) systems similar to those used for the London Congestion Charge and Dart Charge schemes.
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.
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