CAA rules on Flybe’s complaint against Gatwick landing charges

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has ruled in favour of Gatwick Airport after Flybe filed a complaint against the airport’s increased summer landing charges.

The airline, which saw a 62.5% increase in its summer landing charges, claimed that the way the airport structured its landing charges discriminated against the operators of small aircraft.

The CAA’s response was that although the changed charges discriminate against airlines using small aircraft, the discrimination was not unreasonable, because Gatwick’s objective of increasing the efficient use of its single runway in re-structuring its charges, justified the decision to make the changes.

And, although the CAA believes that some passengers may be harmed by Gatwick’s changes to its charging structure, the numbers involved are likely to be small and the adverse effects would be balanced by benefits to other passengers.

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