Gatwick bids for a “flexible” pricing to better compete with Heathrow

Posted on 17. May, 2013 by in News

Gatwick airport is pushing for a Government-backed commission to implement procedures that allow airports an additional capacity to attract more airlines, mostly those that fly to long-haul destinations.

It was claimed that the aviation capacity problems in London can be alleviated in the short-term by “flexible” pricing that will impose smaller airports to better contend with Heathrow.

airlinesChief executive of Gatwick, Stewart Wingate said: “By enabling competition, we can encourage new airlines to start services to key short haul and long-haul destinations and ultimately more passengers to travel.”

Gatwick airport only has one runway and considers it still has more or less 24pc spare capacity and could operate bigger business from long haul carriers if a “more flexible approach to pricing, service and quality levels” was established.

Gatwick made its appeal for greater competitions as Heathrow is getting ready to publish its own proposal for improving capacity problems in the short-term destinations.

The airport is one of the three airports whose pricing arrangement is controlled by the Civil Aviation Authority.

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