Published on : Tuesday, January 2, 2018
From the month of January, the passengers flying to any destinations of United Kingdom from Heathrow Airport will have a £15 discount on the airport charges they pay – the biggest discount in the airport’s history. The airport claims passengers will save nearly £40 million annually.
Heathrow Airport is one of the major players for boosting domestic flights at the United Kingdom’s hub and last year committed to keeping a discounted domestic passenger charge for at least the next twenty years as long as it is in the public interest.
The further reduction in the domestic passenger charge announced by Heathrow Airport, that it will save passengers even more money while making domestic routes more commercially viable for airlines – encouraging them to add more domestic services.
According to the airport authorities, the move of Heathrow will ease the procedure of building a third runway at the west London site.
The domestic discount is one floorboard in a package of measures Heathrow is implementing to support more flights to UK destinations – ultimately increasing the airport’s domestic connections from eight today to at least 14 when the airport expands in 2025.
There are other measures include creating a £10 million fund to provide start-up capital for five new domestic routes, urging the government to use new powers after leaving the European Union to ring-fence slots at the airport solely for domestic flights and campaigning for the abolition of air passenger duty on domestic flights to save UK passengers up to £225 million annually.