Now Heathrow slugs us

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Over the years airline passengers have got used to being fleeced by airports and airlines at every opportunity.

Heathrow wants more of our money

There are few airports in the UK that don’t charge for you to drop-off passengers or to collect them. Gatwick joined this merry band a little while ago.

Now Heathrow has decided to charge us a fiver for drop-offs.

It is calling it a Forecourt Access Charge (FAC) and the charges wil come into play sometime late in 2021 “to prevent a car led airport recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.” 

Originally these airport charges was introduced to try and deter us from taking cars to the airport and using public transport instead. That might have been believable if airports didn’t make so much money from car-parking charges.

It really was a ploy to earn more revenue from what is called ancillary income meaning that organisations can keep their headline prices as low as possible so that we are lulled into thinking we have a cheap deal. Then comes the clout that means you have to pay extra for what you thought was included.

The best example I can think of is having to pay more to take more than hand luggage on a long-haul flight where it pretty obvious that a traveller will be going for more than a day trip.

As airports have lost money hand over fist whilst few of us are flying they are looking ways to shore uo their balance sheets. But they are also looking to entice us to fly again. Is charging us to be dropped off or collected a way to encourage us to use their airports?

Surely it would be better to incentivise us to fly rather than clobbering us?

Gatwick was slightly more honest about the charge it is introducing. It said that the money was to shore up its finances. Heathrow says that the charge is “to prevent a car led airport recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.” Only down at the bottom of the press release does the airline admit that it is also a money-making exercise.

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