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The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is due to decide whether to raise Heathrow's landing fees by 40% over a period of six years.
Heathrow's management is looking to recoup a ₤3 billion investment on the site, including the completion of Terminal 2 and a taxiway for the A380 Superjumbo.
Virgin Atlantic and British Airways have opposed the plans, arguing that UK's largest airport is already costly for airline carriers and passengers alike. If the CAA grants its approval passengers will most likely experience an increase in travel fares calculated to be between ₤19.33 to ₤27.30 in real terms by 2019.