Heathrow coach parking charge to double

Using Heathrow Airport’s West Ramp Coach Park is set to double in price to £56.54 per movement from 1 July 2021.

A Heathrow spokesperson said: “Covid-19 continues to have a devastating impact on the aviation sector and the many businesses that rely on the movement of goods and people. Unfortunately, the sharp decline in passenger demand, coupled with the lack of sector specific Government support has led to price increases for some of the airport’s facilities. The West Ramp Coach Park is one of the services impacted by these changes. The regulated charge is set to increase from 1 July onwards, to enable the airport to cover its costs and continue to operate safely. The service does not generate revenue for the airport.”

The West Ramp Coach Park forms part of Heathrow’s other regulated charges (ORCs). The Civil Aviation Authority regulation stipulates that ORCs paid to Heathrow cannot generate any profit or loss for the airport. As such, ORCs operate on a strict cost-recovery basis for services which are provided solely by Heathrow to airport users, in this case the coach park. Due to this cost-recovery mechanism of ORCs, any revenue that is above or below the cost of operating the service is factored into the price for the following year.

The West Ramp Coach Park charge is reviewed annually and the airport expects the price to decrease as more passengers return to the airport and more coaches use the coach park.

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