BMI threatens Heathrow-Glasgow services
January 25th, 2011 by elisa

BMI has told Scottish MPs that it may have to pull its Heathrow to Glasgow route after the London hub puts up domestic passenger charges on 1st April. Heathrow plans to raise passenger charges from £13.43 to £20.25 per person.

BMI’s chief executive officer Wolfgang Prock-Schauer addressed MSPs in a briefing meeting hosted by the Scottish Passenger Agents’ Association (SPAA), which has fought the new charges since they were announced last year.

He told the meeting that the increase in the airline’s already critical level of direct operating costs could mean a partial or complete withdrawal of the London-Glasgow service.

MSP Charlie Gordon followed this news with a Parliamentary Motion that parliament regards the threatened reduction of these services as a “potentially serious blow to the Scottish economy”.

SPAA President Brian Potter added: “Scotland’s economy needs these routes in an environment in which the mooted high-speed rail links between Scotland, London and Europe via the Channel Tunnel are still many years away – even if they are eventually commissioned by the UK Government.

“Scotland’s business and leisure travellers need and deserve to have a real choice when planning their travel to and through London – one that will no longer exist on the Glasgow-Heathrow route, should BMI be forced to downsize or withdraw its service.”

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