Britain ‘mulls law to fine airports after Heathrow chaos’
LONDON: Britain wants to introduce new laws which could see airports heavily fined for disrupting passengers' travel in the wake of the pre-Christmas snow chaos that hit London Heathrow, a newspaper reported Sunday.
Regulators would be given new powers to fine airports tens of millions of pounds after arctic weather all but shut down Heathrow for several days, reported Britain's Sunday Times, citing Transport Minister Philip Hammond. Hammond said it was unacceptable that BAA, the Spanish-owned operator of Heathrow which is the world's busiest airport for international passenger traffic, would face no punishment from the regulator under the current system.
"There should be an economic penalty for service failure," he said. "Greater weight needs to be given to performance and passenger satisfaction." Regulator the CAA has confirmed that there will be no fines over the Heathrow chaos, said the report. -Ap