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BAA announces green price changes

Tue, 02 Nov, 2010

UK airport operator BAA has announced its plans to encourage airlines to operate in a more environmentally-friendly way.

Writing for the London Evening Standard, columnist Lucy Tobin reported on the forthcoming changes to pricing in the airport, which aim to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, in addition to decreasing noise pollution.

The operator will be changing its minimum departure fee from £220 to £1,000, a move which BAA hopes will encourage carriers to fly with fuller planes.

Ms Tobin said the new pricing scheme could have significant benefits for people living in London when it is introduced next April.

"[The changes] could mean up to 50 per cent less noise pollution and about 25 per cent lower carbon dioxide emissions from planes within five years," she said.

BAA recently revealed traffic figures for its airports in September, which showed that London's Heathrow Airport catered to over six million passengers, an increase of more than seven per cent on last year's statistics from the same period.

Joe Evans

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