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Drama at Heathrow: British Airways Considers Leaving Britain's Busiest Airport


For decades, British Airways has always been the main airline at London Heathrow Airport and has its biggest hub there. Founded in 1946, London Heathrow is one of the world's busiest airport and is one of the biggest airports in the UK, with 4 Terminals.

However, British Airways has begun to consider moving out of Heathrow or cutting down on flights from there. According to the IAG, this is because London airport's fees are already among the highest in the world and are becoming more and more expensive. In October, the CAA announced a plan to raise the cost of the airport's charge per passenger by up to 76%.

To retaliate, the airport compared itself to a supermarket called Aldi, saying that it "offers great food"but many people are "very happy to shop at Waitrose and appreciate the value for money they get".

Image: © British Airways

Mr Luis Gallego of the IAG said: "Heathrow gives the UK's aviation sector a major advantage, but we need to attract demand to stay competitive

"Hiking charges will not help. It will not attract demand, it will have the opposite effect.

"If the rise in landing charges goes ahead, I know IAG will not be alone in reconsidering our airlines' use of Heathrow"

Image: © British Airways

A Heathrow spokeswoman retaliated and stated: "The proposed increase in charges of up to £15 is not comparable with airlines charging over £ 2,000 for economy class air fares on US flights over Christmas

"It's true that Heathrow is proposing a higher pandemic price increase than continental airports, but we are neither state-owned nor have we received billions in state aid during the crisis, we rely entirely on private investment."

If Heathrow's prices go up, it may very well be the end of them. Many airlines will leave the airport due to the high costs and the airport may never see the light of day again. British Airways will likely move to Manchester or Gatwick as their new hub.

What is British Airways?

British Airways is a global airline, bringing people, places and diverse cultures closer together for more than 100 years. Serving our community and planet is at the heart of everything we do, and we look forward to sharing our exciting sustainability initiatives with you.

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