LONDON, Oct 26 (Reuters) – Britain’s aviation regulator on Thursday increased the amount airlines charge for air traffic control services to help domestic provider NATS recover costs incurred during the coronavirus pandemic. Then he announced.
NATS has been in the spotlight following a failure announced in late August that caused thousands of canceled and delayed flights in the UK and across Europe, costing airlines millions of pounds. Airlines executives last week called for new rules for passenger compensation in the event of such disruptions.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Thursday confirmed a preliminary decision in July that NATS could set the average unit price for regulated activities from £47 to £64 ($77.58) in nominal terms from 2023 to 2027.
The average cost per passenger per flight for UK air traffic services will rise by an average of 43p to around £2.08, the CAA said.
The CAA said the new fees will ensure the quality and safety of its services. It added that the process to increase price controls began before the NATS failure and was unrelated to the review or investigation of the failure.
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Reporting by Joanna Prusinska; Editing by Kylie McClellan
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