EasyJet chief urges Government to look at 2nd runway at Gatwick or Stansted airports

Posted: April 24, 2012 in Airlines, Aviation & Airports (General News), Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted
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[Telegraph] Ministers must press ahead with an inquiry into a second runway at Gatwick or Stansted after last week slamming the door on Heathrow expansion, according to easyJet boss Carolyn McCall.

Carolyn McCall said a second runway at either Gatwick or Stansted made the 'most economic sense' in the medium term to solve the serious capacity problems in the South East Photo: Alamy

Carolyn McCall said a second runway at either Gatwick or Stansted made the ‘most economic sense’ in the medium term to solve the serious capacity problems in the South East Photo: Alamy

The head of the UK’s largest airline by passenger numbers has weighed into the fierce debate on aviation policy after Transport Secretary Theresa Villiers last week scuppered hopes that the Government might be moderating its stance on allowing a third runway at Heathrow – Britain’s only hub airport.

Ms McCall told the Telegraph it was “striking” how other European governments supported their airports while the UK was stuck in a “circular” debate about aviation capacity.

“In Europe there is a stark contrast…there is no debate. In Amsterdam, the Government and airport is completely aligned about developing Schipol. In [Milan] Malpensa, they are continuing to grow. No one is debating ‘should there be more capacity and should we have another runway?’ There’s just a real focus on the fact that air passengers bring money into the economy and   they are really important for growth.”

Speaking in Lisbon, where easyJet has launched its latest network base, Ms McCall said a second runway at either Gatwick or Stansted made the “most economic sense” in the medium term to solve the serious capacity problems in the South East.

“Theresa Villiers has closed the door to Heathrow again, which…..

Read the full story at The Telegraph…..


By Nathalie Thomas, in Lisbon
4:39PM BST 24 Apr 2012


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