Heathrow Airport’s proposed £3 billion ($4.7 billion) development plans may lead to an almost 50 percent increase in operating costs per passenger for airlines at the airport. The infrastructure development plans scheduled in the coming few years include extensions of Terminal 5 and Terminal 2, better baggage handling facilities and handling facilities for the Airbus A380.
The cost of development will be passed on to the airlines and the charges per passenger may increase from about $25 per passenger at present to about $38 per passenger in the future.
We can expect with certainty that the airlines will pass these additional costs on to passengers – but since the taxes and fees to fly into Heathrow currently exceed the base cost of a low-season flight, how much more can pricing increase before passengers seek lower cost airports for their flights to Europe?
Read more about Heathrow’s plans here:
Heathrow charges to rise due to £3bn investment