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Heathrow passenger tax set to increase

In the air: A British Airways aircraft takes off over Terminal 5 at Heathrow. (File photograph)

The cost to fly to Heathrow will rise next summer as the airport is set to increase passenger taxes.

The Civil Aviation Authority, the UK aviation regulator, has said it could allow the airport to increase charges by up to 56 per cent by 2023 as it attempts to recoup losses caused by the pandemic.

The airport charges an airport tax of £22 ($30.36) per passenger, but the CAA has said it will increase the cap on taxes to an interim rate of £30 ($41.40) next summer.

The CAA has launched a consultation process to consider a range of airport charges from £24.50 ($33.81) per passenger to £34.40 ($47.47).

The airport said in July that it had lost £2.9 billion in revenue since the start of the pandemic, and that the number of passengers last month were still just 38 per cent of their pre-pandemic levels.

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Published October 20, 2021 at 7:39 am (Updated October 20, 2021 at 7:39 am)

Heathrow passenger tax set to increase

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