EasyJet loses fight to cut Gatwick landing fees
Mon, 29 Jun, 2009
Budget airline easyJet has lost its court battle with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to reduce the increased landing fees which it allows airport operator BAA to charge at Gatwick.
The CAA raised the per passenger amount that could be charged to airlines for landing at the airport, which is the second largest in London.
The company is now said to be preparing an appeal.
The company said: "Passengers must be protected with strong airport regulation.
"If a 50 per cent increase in charges without any discernible increase in capacity is permitted at a regulated airport, what would happen if the price caps [preventing airports from charging what they want] were to be removed."
The decision to uphold the CAA decision means that travellers will continue to pay elevated fairs which could be slashed if easyJet triumph in the appeal process.
BAA is a leading airport company which owns seven sites in the UK including London Heahtrow.