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Virgin may take legal action against BAA

Categories: Aviation, Law
Tags: Heathrow,
Virgin may take legal action against BAA

Virgin Atlantic may take legal action against airport operator BAA over closures of London Heathrow during December.

The company said it will withhold fees payable to BAA until a full investigation into the closures is complete.

Speaking to news agency Reuters, Virgin Atlantic spokesman Greg Dawson said, "We're exploring our legal options but will continue talking to BAA and want the inquiry into what happened last month to be both independent and robust.”

Heavy snows and freezing temperatures led to chaos at Heathrow last month, resulting in the cancellation and disruption of hundreds of flights. The airport’s second runway was closed for prolonged periods of time.

Virgin Atlantic has ceased its payments of landing and parking charges until an investigation into BAA’s handling of the December weather conditions is complete.

In a statement, the airline said, "We have written to BAA this weekend to advise them that we are withholding our fees from the airport operator until its inquiry into the snow enforced runway closures in December is completed.

"Despite the airport operating conditions being way beyond our control, Virgin Atlantic is taking responsibility by paying out millions to customers that suffered disruption to their Christmas travel plans,” it continued.

The BAA inquiry is being headed by non-executive director Prof David Begg.

Meanwhile, BMI has also said it is mulling its legal options.

Categories: Aviation, Law
Tags: Heathrow,