HEATHROW has pledged to cut domestic passenger charges by a third as it bids to boost regional connections. The charge for airlines flying from Heathrow would be reduced from £29.59 to £19.59 from January next year, under new proposals announced by the airport’s management.
The 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, the airport said.
Environmental charges would go up from 21% to 28% of total airport charges under the plans.
The suggested changes are aimed at addressing a fall in domestic connections to Heathrow from 18 routes in 1990 to seven now.
This follows a report by the airport-backed National Connectivity Taskforce which identified the need to make routes to regional airports more attractive to airlines.
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