Foreign airlines shunning UK due to lack of space at Heathrow airport: Telegraph

Posted: April 18, 2012 in Airlines, Aviation & Airports (General News), Heathrow
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[Telegraph] Foreign airlines are “voting with their feet” and building networks outside of   the UK due to the Government’s paralysis on aviation policy, ministers will   be warned on Wednesday.

A survey by the Board of Airline Representatives in the UK shows that 86pc of airlines would introduce more flights to the UK if a greater number of take-off and landing slots were made available at Heathrow Photo: Getty Images

A survey by the Board of Airline Representatives in the UK shows that 86pc of airlines would introduce more flights to the UK if a greater number of take-off and landing slots were made available at Heathrow Photo: Getty Images

BAA boss Colin Matthews will unveil new research at a conference in London,   showing 53pc of airlines are increasing their flights out of other countries   due to the severe capacity restraints at Heathrow.

The airports boss will renew his warning that the UK is losing out on vital   investment and jobs due to the Government’s lack of support for expanding   capacity at Britain’s only hub airport.

A survey by the Board of Airline Representatives in the UK – an organisation   that represents 84 global airlines – shows that 86pc would introduce more   flights to the UK if a greater number of take-off and landing slots were   made available at Heathrow.

Publication of the Government’s much-anticipated aviation White Paper, due by   the end of March, has been delayed until the summer, frustrating airline and   airport bosses who warn ministers need to urgently address the crippling   “capacity crunch” in the South East of England.

Speaking at the Transport Times conference in London, Mr Matthews will say:   “These figures show that it is a mistake to believe that flights displaced   from Heathrow will automatically fly to Stansted, Gatwick or Birmingham   instead.

“The message I hear from airlines is clear: if there’s no room at Heathrow   then flights will move out of the UK altogether.

“Instead of Britain taking the lead in forging new links with growing   economies like China, we are handing economic growth to our competitors by   turning away airlines who want to bring jobs, growth and trade to the UK.”

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By Nathalie Thomas
18 Apr 2012


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