Business News - Shawn Johnson

British Airways and Virgin Atlantic are bracing for an air battle with Heathrow as the airport prepares a legal challenge in a long-running dispute over passenger landing charges.

Britain’s biggest airport is widely expected to file a legal appeal with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) against the aviation regulator’s decision to slash fees by 20 per cent from next year.

City sources said Heathrow is believed to be working with outside lawyers, which will be filed as early as next week.

Sources close to Heathrow insisted on Friday night that no final decision had been made by the airport regarding the legal challenge.

Nevertheless, BA and Virgin have put aside their long-standing rivalry to join forces with other airlines in a counter-attack against Heathrow, industry sources said.

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