Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye
The airport has announced plans to cut the cost of domestic flights in order to make it cheaper to fly within the UK and boost the number of domestic flights serving the hub.
UK fliers are set to save even more when flying from Heathrow as the airport announced a 50% increase in the discount for domestic flights.
Passengers flying to any UK destination from Heathrow will now have a £15 discount on the airport charges they pay – the biggest discount in the airport’s history and resulting in savings of nearly £40m annually and over £750m over the next 20 years.
Heathrow has been a long-time and ardent campaigner for boosting domestic flights at the UK’s hub and last year committed to keeping a discounted domestic passenger charge for at least the next 20 years as long as it is in the public interest.
The further reduction in the domestic passenger charge will save passengers even more money while making domestic routes more commercially viable for airlines – encouraging them to add more domestic services.
Heathrow is the UK’s global gateway and largest port – ensuring communities across Britain have convenient, reliable access to the hub is critical for connecting exporters with customers around the world and attracting inward tourism and investment.
The domestic discount is one plank 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.
Other measures include creating a £10m fund to provide start-up capital for five new domestic routes, urging the government to use new powers after leaving the EU 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 £225m annually.
Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “Every corner of our country should be able to benefit from the growth and trade that stems from links to the nation’s hub airport – that’s why Heathrow is making it cheaper to fly within the UK by reducing our domestic passenger charges even further for the second consecutive year.
“Putting nearly £40m back into the pockets of British families and businesses each year will help to spur growth in every part of the UK.”
Cabinet secretary for economy, jobs and fair work, Keith Brown, added: “I’m very pleased to see this further reduction in charges, something the Scottish Government has long advocated in our work with Heathrow Airport.
“The fact the airport is going beyond the reduction agreed in the Memorandum of Understanding with the Scottish Government is welcome news for business and leisure passengers, and will help improve Scotland’s connectivity.”
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