London’s Heathrow Airport to Implement Departure Surcharges to Cover Pandemic Costs

London’s Heathrow airport imposed an additional charge of 8.90 pounds or 16.50 USD to recover from the financial losses due to the travel crisis brought by the COVID-19 pandemic which took effect on January 1.

United Kingdom’s aviation regulator has allowed the imposition to cover costs for utilities, baggage, and check-in services as the airport make “zero profit” from such activities, said in a statement on February 28.

The company, however, noted that the charge could be “adjusted during the year to achieve full cost recovery.” It also said it could be removed by December 31, 2021.

There is potential that the charge could be “adjusted during the year to achieve full cost recovery”, and the company has added that it could be removed entirely by December 31, 2021.

According to a recent report by The Guardian, the number of passengers decreased 73 percent compared with a year earlier and the smallest annual total since 1975.

Heathrow lost two billion pounds in 2020 due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.


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