British Prime Minister David Cameron has approved a plan to charge airlines at Heathrow more money in order to improve the hub’s bottleneck border controls, according to The Financial Times. The UK’s Board of Airline Representatives reacted to the news by saying that airlines at Heathrow are “surprised” at the extra fees, which are designed to employ more staff. Airlines have already invested in supplying detailed advanced passenger information, Mike Carrivick, chief executive of BAR UK, told TTG Digital.
“There is no justification for this,” he said. “The Border Force needs to modernise, invest in technology and use all the information they receive in advance.”
Virgin Atlantic said in a statement: “We would be strongly opposed to airlines being forced to pay for extra border staff.” British Airways agreed, saying that the real issue was “snaking immigration queues at airports around the UK”.
[pictured: Heathrow Terminal 5]