Air travellers flying on domestic flights can breath a sign of relief after Heathrow cut down airport charges on internal routes.
The development comes as Heathrow continues its expansion with a new runway in its bid to position itself as a domestic flight center.
The discount has been raised by 50pc, and passengers will pay £15 less when flying between UK airports.
The discount is projected to save passengers £40m a year. To show its commitment, Heathrow is endeavoring to keep the discount for two decades, running costs to over £750m.
Heathrow explained that the savings was part of the ways it came up with to show its support for the generation of additional local flights, thus making the routes more commercially feasible for carriers.
Heathrow already has flight operations to eight cities in the UK, and easyJet and Flybe have proposed that they would add more to locales such as Liverpool and Newquay. Heathrow is actually seeking to have 14 domestic connections when the airport finishes its expansion project in 2025.
The airport has also made a £10m fund to deliver capital for five new domestic routes.
Heathrow’s Chief Executive, John Holland-Kaye, stated:
“Every corner of our country should be able to benefit from the growth and trade that stems from links to the nation’s hub airport – that’s why Heathrow is making it cheaper to fly within the UK.”
Heathrow also wants to abolish air passenger duty on domestic flights, which would give passengers total savings of £225m a year. Heathrow brass is also urging the Government to make use of its new powers once Brexit concludes to ring-fence slots for domestic flights.
British Airways has criticized Heathrow for this action, commenting that the airport does not have any authority to control destinations served by the slots.
“It’s not in Heathrow’s gift to increase domestic flying from the airport,” said BA’s owner, International Airlines Group (IAG).
“Airlines, not airports, decide where to fly based on routes’ profitability,” IAG added.