British Airways demands Heathrow expansion

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  1. uggboy
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    British Airways demands Heathrow expansion:)

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    British Airways has once again called on the British government to urgently address the lack of new hub airport capacity in the south-east of England.

    Responding to the government’s “Developing a sustainable framework for UK aviation” consultation, the airline warned that in order to support the UK economy there must be additional aviation capacity to meet growing demand for global connectivity.

    In its submission, the airline argues that aviation supports more than 900,000 jobs in the UK and provides vital transport links for businesses across the country.

    While London has developed one of the world’s best and most extensive networks of international air services, it is in danger of stagnating and falling behind competitors due to lack of new hub capacity.

    Keith Williams, British Airways’ chief executive, said:

    “The government must take action now.
     
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    Expansion in what way? Finding space for that mythical new runway? Build T6 already?

    Though it does seem wise to link Heathrow and Gatwick via high speed rail, if it's truly feasible.
     
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    I think the most obvious expansion is the 3rd runway, which will be for domestic / european flights only. Not only will it allow natural expansion at LHR but it will also mean that as soon as bad weather/ATC issues happen airlines (BA!) don't cancel all the domestics straight away!

    As for linking LHR and LGW by rail - complete waste of money IMO.
     
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    The space exists. The only thing stopping it is a lack of political will.

    More terminal capacity isn't needed at the present time, and wouldn't solve the real problems.
     
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    It's already too late to use the Olympics as an excuse. IHG should just build an add-on to T4 at MAD and move a lot of BA transit traffic there. Save us all a lot of money.
     
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    As Globaliser says, the space already exists and has previously been protected for this purpose.

    Terminal redevelopment and replacement/expansion, which is within the airports control, is already happening.

    That is actually much less viable than the 3rd runway.
     
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    Unfortunately, now it seems that all of the three main political parties have put party political interest ahead of the national interest; the Labour Party has done a U-turn on the third runway.

    Of course, knowing them it could simply be advance political positioning/posturing because they have twigged that the current government will ultimately have to do its own U-turn and revert to building a third LHR runway ...
     
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