Heathrow Airport

Department for Transport written question – answered on 21st June 2018.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Adam Afriyie Adam Afriyie Conservative, Windsor

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect on the global competitiveness of Heathrow Airport of an increase in landing charges at that airport of (a) £1, (b) £2, (c) £3, (d) £4, (e) £5 and (f) £10.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Secretary of State set out a clear ambition in 2016 for airport charges to remain as close as possible to current levels.

In the context of expansion, the Civil Aviation Authority will determine an appropriate level of airport charges in line with its statutory duty to further the interest of consumers. The CAA set out in its April consultation that there are credible scenarios in which expansion can be delivered affordably and financeably with airport charges remaining close to current levels – in line with the Secretary of State’s ambition.

Separately, Heathrow have also set out potential scheme savings of up to £2.5 billion and confirmed they are confident they can deliver the Secretary of State’s ambition.

Both the Government and the Airport Commission undertook sensitivity analysis which showed that even if airport charges did rise this would not materially affect the case for expansion.

By contrast, the Government is absolutely clear of the effect of not taking forward expansion; doing nothing could cost around £21 - £23 billion to passengers and around £30 - £45 billion to the wider economy over 60 years.

Does this answer the above question?

Yes0 people think so

No0 people think not

Would you like to ask a question like this yourself? Use our Freedom of Information site.