Heathrow CEO plans to raise landing fees

LONDON, United Kingdom – The Heathrow Airport is looking to raise the landing fees it charges airlines, Chief Executive Officer John Holland-Kaye told the Financial Times in an interview.

Holland-Kaye, who takes over as CEO on Tuesday, told the newspaper that the Heathrow planned to increase the aeronautical charge to 24 pounds per passenger from 20 pounds. Landing fees are a crucial source of income for Heathrow, Britain's busiest airport.

The fees are normally passed on by airlines to passengers. The paper reported that the CEO said the proposal was part of a draft funding plan for a third runway that was submitted to UK's Airports Commission. The CEO was confident of getting the commission's approval for a third runway opening in 2025.

A Heathrow representative could not be reached immediately for comment.

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