EasyJet will take legal action to try to stop an increase in landing charges at Heathrow and Gatwick from April 1.
The above-inflation increases received a go-ahead from the Civil Aviation Authority two weeks ago, prompting EasyJet and rival carriers to demand transport secretary Ruth Kelly intervene (Travel Weekly, March 14). However, Kelly has failed to respond.
EasyJet will seek a judicial review of the raised charges in the High Court. Ryanair and BMI have offered their backing.
The CAA says the increases are needed to pay for improvements and will add £2.44 to fares from Heathrow next month and £1.18 from Gatwick. Rises above inflation are scheduled for the following four years, with the airlines arguing this could add £18 to a Heathrow fare.