The charge would be reduced by a third, from £29.59 today to £19.59, under new proposals announced today by the UK’s hub airport.
The Airport say the measures form part of a package of commitments designed to connect the UK’s nations and regions to growth markets around the world. They add that the proposed discount would be supported by increasing the total share of airport landing charges recovered through noise and emissions, adding further incentives for airlines to operate the quietest and cleanest aircraft from Heathrow.
As a consequence of Heathrow being full domestic connectivity from the airport has fallen over the years, from 18 routes served in 1990 to just seven today. In its recent report on improving domestic air links with expansion in the South East, the National Connectivity Taskforce identified the need to make routes to regional airports more attractive to airlines. The proposals look to meet the Task Force’s recommendations as part of its regular five year review cycle of Heathrow’s charging structure, whilst also seeking to encourage better utilisation of European slots.
As well as reducing the domestic passenger charge, the Airport proposes to make a £5 cut in departing passenger discount for European destination passengers, from £29.59 today to £24.59. This is expected to encourage fuller planes, making more efficient use of constrained hub capacity.
The environmental charges would increase from 21% to 28% of total airport charges, while the quietest aircraft would pay up to 20% less per landing than they do today.
Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “We’re 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 UK’s hub can provide, whilst incentivising 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 UK.”