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Old 21st Sep 2021, 16:24
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Heathrow seeking 85% increase for non-European flights

"Holland-Kaye, Echave and the rest of Heathrow’s management board remain under extreme pressure from shareholders to squeeze the airlines for money. The airport has avoided defaulting on its mammoth debt pile by gaining waivers on lenders. The fear is, however, that bondholders’ patience will only last so long.

Under the proposals, landing charges for flights to destinations outside of Europe will almost double in 2022 from £38.33 per passenger this year to £67.86."

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business...g-cost-flying/

There are also extra charges proposed to be levied per tonne of freight. The article says the debt amounts to £20 Bn
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Old 21st Sep 2021, 18:33
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There's already a Heathrow thread. Perhaps better to post your information in that thread rather than start a new one.
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Old 21st Sep 2021, 20:00
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Should such an increase occur, I anticipate some airlines looking more closely at London Gatwick!
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Old 21st Sep 2021, 21:21
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You mean everything from parking charges to complaints of food quality to doubling of flight handling charges just gets tossed into "Heathrow" ?
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Old 21st Sep 2021, 23:01
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Surely Heathrow landing charges are regulated. It's up to the Dept of Transport to control any excessive charging for the benefit of Spanish shareholders.
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Old 24th Sep 2021, 12:50
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Landed at LHR about 20 minutes ago. We’re now sat on the taxiway because the entire UK immigration system has gone down. Apparently the Terminal is full and we’re not even allowed to park at the gate.
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Old 24th Sep 2021, 14:55
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54mins ago news reported following Thousands of passengers arriving at UK airports were hit by delays on Friday after a technical problem disrupted self-service passport gates.

Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester and Edinburgh airports all reported problems with the e-gates.

But a Home Office spokesperson said the problem was quickly identified and had now been fixed.
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Old 19th Oct 2021, 16:55
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See the CAA have really cut down LHR's attempt to raise the per passenger levy to £ 44.
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Old 19th Oct 2021, 17:57
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Yes, but the proposed increase is still high considering the current situation. You can understand why BA is keen to restart short haul at Gatwick and gradually expand its long haul offering there too as we emerge from the pandemic. Some other cash strapped airlines may also be thinking about how competitive Heathrow is for them in these difficult times.
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Old 20th Oct 2021, 11:53
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For long haul paid out of the Asturias piggy bank we rarely use LHR anymore - it's just awful value
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Old 7th Nov 2021, 22:53
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Thw twitter account '@Heathrow Noise' has stated today (Sunday 7th):
Tomorrow at 09:00 we are expecting an out of alternation departure from Runway 27R to support a special event to mark the reopening of US travel.
Any ideas what the kids in marketing have thought up?
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Old 8th Nov 2021, 00:56
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Apparently, simultaneous departures by British Airways and Virgin Atlantic LHR-JFK to highlight reopening of UK-US travel to fully-vaccinated British citizens after around 20 months of exclusion. Should attract some positive publicity.
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Old 8th Nov 2021, 06:30
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Due to depart in an hour's time: a specially renumbered BA001 and Virgin's 0900 VS3 departure brought forward by 30 minutes.
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Old 8th Nov 2021, 07:54
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There was some irony in Sky News cutting away from an interview from COP to show them departing.

Quite a nice shot though of departing in parallel!
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Old 8th Nov 2021, 10:34
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That BA/Virgin thing was a Stupid Stunt (to borrow a similar saying from dear Kenny Everett).

Quite a few holding delays and extended routings because of it, now I like a good bit of memorable aviation history but timing
versus eco and COP...it's a no from me.

And the A320 sustainability colours were painted in another country.
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Old 8th Nov 2021, 14:38
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As long as they are both full ! Given the environmental debate it would be bad publicity if each flight was only half full of passengers
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Old 8th Nov 2021, 14:52
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And Virgin get their first
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Old 8th Nov 2021, 17:13
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BA went a couple of degrees latitude further north than VS, obviously on the understanding that the winds would favour them. It didn't pay off & VS got to NY about ten minutes ahead. Obviously poor planning.
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Old 8th Nov 2021, 17:36
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Thanks for the feedback. Sky cutting away from Cop26 shows the real world in action. Watching a quick video of the departures, it was neat but underwhelming. However, full marks to the kids who thought it up as free publicity.
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Its impossible to say whether it was or not, generally flight planning objective is to deliver minimum fuel burn without compromising on time performance. So unless you know the traffic load, and the fuel burnt by each aircraft you have no idea what represented good or bad planning. I don’t think there was ever a plan for a simultaneous arrival at JFK, or a competition to see who got there first.

If the BA flight burnt less fuel, then their planning will have been more successful.
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