Angry UK airlines call on Ruth Kelly to intervene in broken airport regulatory system

March 11, 2008 at 7:00 am | Posted in BAA, bmi, CAA, DfT, EasyJet, Heathrow, Heathrow airport, Ruth Kelly, Ryanair, Virgin Atlantic | Leave a comment

Major airlines unite in protest against BAA charges hike

Tuesday, March 11, 2008 by Chris Gray

Four of the largest airlines operating from the UK joined in an unprecedented alliance today to demand a total overhaul of airport regulation.Bmi, easyJet, Ryanair and Virgin Atlantic called for Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly to intervene to stop BAA raising airport charges announced by the CAA today.They said the CAA had failed to regulate BAA properly, and called for a new system that would involve the break up of BAA so Heathrow, Stansted and Gatwick were owned by different companies.The airlines also called for a moratorium on airport price increases, the finances of BAA’s Spanish owners Ferrovial to be made public, and for individual terminals at airports to be put under different ownership.They claimed today’s announcement on prices by the CAA demonstrated the regulatory system was “broken and needs to be changed”. It would allow charges at Heathrow to increase by 86% over five years and those at Gatwick to rise by 49%.

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