London Heathrow is the first airport in Europe to introduce a special tax that passengers have to pay due to the corona pandemic. It is calculated that revenues of around 135 million euros per year can be generated.
This is to be collected by the airlines and is dubbed the “United Kingdom Exceptional Regulatory Charge”. The amount of the special fee is 8,90 pounds sterling and is always due when you fly from Heathrow. The length of the flight or the class of transport do not matter.
“Heathrow provides key airport services to its partners such as baggage handling, peer parking, check-in desks and airline utilities. The fee for using these services is only charged to cover the cost of providing them. Heathrow makes absolutely no profit from these services. To ensure that this continues to be the case, the fee is closely monitored by the CAA and reviewed annually and agreed with airport users - as was the case with this year's fee. The cost per passenger to cover these services will of course vary depending on the number of passengers using the airport, ”explains a spokeswoman for London Heathrow Airport.