The operator of many of the world's busiest airports will probably be allowed to increase customer charges...
BAA should be allowed to raise charges to airlines at its London airports by as much as 39 percent as the world?s largest airport operator plans to spend 2.5 billion pounds ($3.6 billion) expanding it London Heathrow operation, the UK Civil Aviation Authority said.
The CAA proposed raising fees at Heathrow, Europe's busiest airport, by as much as 38 percent, or 2 pounds, per passenger. Charges at London Gatwick airport would increase as much as 25 percent, or 1 pound, and fees at London Stansted would rise as much as 39 percent, or 1.70 pounds, the authority said.
BAA wants to raise fees to help finance the fifth terminal at Heathrow, which is expected to open in 2008. BAA makes about one third of total sales from airport charges. The authority's recommendations follow a four-month consultation period and are now due to be scrutinized by the UK Competition Commission.
?It is very much investment-focused, particularly at Heathrow and Gatwick,? said Doug Andrew, CAA group director, economic regulation group, in an interview. ?It is trying to minimize the regulatory burden that goes with improving service quality.?