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BMI: CAA must intervene against Heathrow hike

BMI has appealed for a ruling against BAA, complaining that smaller aircraft would be penalised by new landing charges.

An appeal for intervention has been made to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) as BAA looks set to go ahead with controversial changes to the Heathrow charging system.

Budget airline BMI has appealed for a ruling against BAA, complaining that smaller aircraft like its own would be penalised by new landing charges – threatening the continuation of UK regional flight links to London.

Current rules charge aircraft by their weight, but BAA has indicated that it will start charging per movement, meaning a higher cost per passenger for smaller aircraft such as BMI’s carriers.

BMI chief operating officer Nigel Turner, said: "This will have a detrimental impact upon those operators using smaller aircraft to provide short haul and domestic services who will have to pay more per passenger than their long haul competitors. Only a monopoly provider with inadequate regulation could possibly get away with increases in prices of this magnitude when the reputation for service provision at Heathrow is at an all time low."

A proposal has reportedly been tabled to process BMI’s concerns, but BAA looks likely to press on and appears committed to raising landing price levels at Heathrow.

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