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Heathrow Airport fined £1.6million for banning a nearby hotel from charging less for parking than Terminal 5

27/03/2019

Heathrow Airport fined £1.6million for banning a nearby hotel from charging less for parking than Terminal 5

Sofitel's lease deal prevented non-hotel guests from paying cheaper car park prices

The airport was found in breach of competition laws by the CMA (Competition and Markets Authority)

Heathrow fined £1.6m for anti-competitive car park agreement

Arora Group - which owns the hotel - had agreed to Heathrow's terms in its land lease agreement.

It then voluntarily came forward to the CMA about the collision, and so was granted immunity with no fine.

Meanwhile, the airport accepted the investigation findings and has now removed the pricing restriction.

Having willingly settled the case, Heathrow's fine was reduced by 20 per cent from £2million to £1.6million

Parking at Terminal 5 can cost up to £93.50 for a 24-hour period

This is the first instance of the CMA taking competition law action in a case involving a land agreement.

The government body has now sent letters to other airports and their nearby hotels warning them against a similar breach.

Depending on the date, time and length of stay, Terminal 5 can charge from £27.90 to £93.50 for a 24-hour parking period.

Ann Pope, the CMA’s Senior Director for Antitrust, said: "Airport car parking charges are paid by millions of people and any agreements to restrict price competition are not acceptable.

Source: TheSun.co.uk

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