Heathrow Airport has been hit with a £1.6m fine by the Competition & Markets Authority over price fixing for car parking at Terminal 5.
The case involves the Sofitel Hotel which is attached to Terminal 5 (here is our article on how to get a secret discount at the Sofitel) and run by Arora Group.
As part of their deal to operate the hotel, Arora Group agreed to a request from Heathrow Airport that it would not undercut the official Heathrow car parks when setting parking charges for non-residents. This is illegal.
Arora Group was not fined as it was given immunity from prosecution under the CMA’s whistle-blower programme. The airport got a 20% discount on the original £2m fine in return for its full co-operation with the inquiry.
You can read more on the CMA website here.