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Top Heathrow investor slams price hikes at airport

One of Heathrow’s strongest traders warns that airport’s plans to boost passenger expenses will injury Britain’s enterprise pursuits

One of Heathrow’s strongest traders has warned that the airport’s plans to boost passenger expenses will injury Britain’s enterprise pursuits. 

Akbar Al Baker, group chief govt of Qatar Airways and a Heathrow board member, stated at an aviation trade lunch final week that he ‘challenged’ Heathrow’s plans to hike passenger charges from £19 to as much as £30 from January, including: ‘As an airline, any expenses from Heathrow, we aren’t very eager to just accept.’ 

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Flying into trouble: Akbar Al Baker said he 'challenged' Heathrow's plans to hike passenger fees from £19 to up to £30 from January

Flying into bother: Akbar Al Baker stated he ‘challenged’ Heathrow’s plans to hike passenger charges from £19 to as much as £30 from January

He sits on Heathrow’s board as a consultant for the state of Qatar, whose sovereign wealth fund is Heathrow’s second largest shareholder. 

‘I let you know, by God, that I put up my challenges once I see one thing that isn’t within the curiosity of the airport and the United Kingdom,’ he stated. 

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Al Baker stated Qatar Airways – the most important shareholder in British Airways proprietor IAG – has a ‘agency dedication to play an ever-increasing position’ within the UK airline trade. 

‘Our funding in IAG exhibits our continued help,’ he added.

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