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Strike negotiations resolve airport fees dispute

Strike negotiations have resolved a dispute over airport fees.

08 February 2011

Strike negotiations between Virgin Atlantic and Heathrow Airport Operator BAA have resolved a dispute over fees.

After heavy snowfall hindered the facility's operational capabilities last December, Virgin initiated industrial action over the owner's handling of the disruptions.

However, following business negotiations between the two parties, the airline has "reluctantly" decided to call off its refusal to pay landing and parking fees for its aircraft.

Virgin's ruling comes after Heathrow Airport claimed it would begin to impound planes and take other legal action to recover the due payments.

"With this in mind, the airline is not prepared to jeopardise thousands of customers' travel plans in the event that BAA takes action that could ultimately impact on its [operations]," said the airline in a statement.

Following the weather disruptions of December 2010, BAA chief executive Colin Matthews announced that an independent enquiry would take place to discover what lessons can be learned from the facility's performance.
 

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