Air fares from Heathrow Airport London to rise in April due to pandemic tariff
Air fares from Heathrow Airport London to rise in April due to pandemic tariff

LONDON: London Heathrow, the largest airport in the UK, which handles over 80 million international passengers annually, will be added an additional tax will to outbound flights from London's Heathrow Airport from April, adding pressure on many families who want to travel abroad after a year of Covid-19 restrictions, a local media report said.

The airport will charge an extra 8.90 pounds or USD 12, also known as the 'UK Exceptional Regulatory Charge', to all outgoing flights from April, increasing the fees it already levies which include baggage handling, water, electricity and other services, Xinhua news agency quoted the London-based Evening Standard newspaper as saying in the report on Sunday. This implies a family of five bookings a summer holiday with flag carrier British Airways will now pay an extra 44.50 pounds for using the airport, said the newspaper.

The stealth tax, which must be passed by airlines to Heathrow, is an attempt to recover from the airport's financial loss last year when a decrease in travel and passenger numbers left the airport with losses of 2 billion pounds last year due to the pandemic, according to the Evening Standard report.

"Heathrow makes absolutely zero profit from these services. The price is calculated purely to cover the cost of operating and maintaining the infrastructure that supports them," an airport spokesperson told the newspaper. Heathrow reported an annual loss of 2 billion pounds in 2020 as the pandemic closed borders and the government restricted most international travel.

Vistara begins non-stop flights on Delhi-Frankfurt route

Delhi-Bareilly flights to commence from March 8

NHAI's great work! Creates record laid 25km of single lane in 18 hours



Join NewsTrack Whatsapp group
Related News