Brighton City’s per­cent­age game

Pilot - - AIRMAIL - Terry Frog­gatt, Fleet, Hants

Your re­cent Air­field Des­ti­na­tions Guide fea­tures ‘Brighton City Air­port’ aka Shore­ham, which I’ve vis­ited reg­u­larly for our War­rior’s main­te­nance, so I’d like to give your read­ers a word of warn­ing.

I was at Shore­ham ear­lier this year, and I up­lifted some fuel be­fore re­turn­ing to Black­bushe. The air­port web­site and a no­tice in the ‘C hut’ both say that ‘all pay­ments made by credit card are sub­ject to a 3% sur­charge’, so I of­fered to pay the £242.28 bill by debit card.

Un­for­tu­nately that trans­ac­tion was de­clined (I don’t know why — when I got home I checked that I’d got enough in the ac­count and that I had used the right PIN). So I had to pay by credit card and was charged £251.00, which is ac­tu­ally a 3.6% in­crease in the bill. At first I as­sumed that this was a mis­take, but the air­port’s busi­ness man­ager, David Brown, tells me that it is de­lib­er­ate. He says that the credit card com­pa­nies charge 3% on a bill in­clud­ing VAT, and that HMRC re­quire VAT to be added to the whole in­voice.

I’ve asked Shore­ham to show the cor­rect fig­ure on their web­site, but some months later it still shows 3%, rather than the true 3.6% which is the only fig­ure rel­e­vant to their cus­tomers. I imag­ine that charg­ing a higher fig­ure than they ad­ver­tise is il­le­gal. Mean­while, any­one vis­it­ing Shore­ham would be well ad­vised to pay their land­ing fee in cash.

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