Whilst getting a quote for a return LTN-CDG flight on EZY's website I came across the following on the 'itemised bill' before you pay.
easyJet has buttons explaining what each of the taxes are there for, and one is labeled "Barclays' Fat Cat Charge". The information comes up in one of those grey Microsoft pop ups so it's impossible to link or copy, but this is what it says:
"Unfortunately easyJet has no choice but to accept a new passenger charge imposed by Barclays- one of its last actions before selling its majority stake in Luton Airport. We have fought a long campaign to resist its' introduction. But we were recently given a 'take it or leave it' ultimatum.
We do not want to take services out of Luton- you tell us you value them. Regrettably then we are faced with a position of having to introduce this 'Barclays Fat Cat Charge'.
So you are clear where your money goes, we have now separated out the charge that we now have to pay Barclays: £5.50 for every passenger who departs the airport.
This is around a £4 increase on what we have been paying. Unfortunately, prices will have to absorb some of this increase.
Why the name 'Barclays Fat Cat Charge'? Well, Barclays have sold their 65% stake in Luton for 82 million GBP- they only paid 15 million GBP. The 140% per annum return on their initial investment clearly warrants the 'fat cat' description. And who will have to pay for this obscene profit? The airlines and their passengers, of course."
EZY really don't seem happy with LTN anymore! There's been talk for a while of them moving to STN and especially now that they have a major presence at Stansted (in the form of Go) is it likely that they'll say bye bye Luton?
It would be a MASSIVE blow to Luton if the orange army left, but there have been rumors that EZY's staff would be taken with them to STN if they did move.
Will Stelios et al keep kicking up a fuss at the Barclays charge or will they just abandon LTN in favor of STN?
There's so much going on at EZY right now- it's so exciting!
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