Heathrow could be reduced to “local” airport: Telegraph

Posted: May 14, 2012 in Aviation & Airports (General News), Heathrow
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[Telegraph] Heathrow could be reduced to the status of a “local airport” because of the Government’s aviation policy, ministers have been warned.

The fears voiced by Colin Matthews are shared by a number of influential business figures.

The fears voiced by Colin Matthews are shared by a number of influential business figures.  Photo: Wikipedia

Colin Matthews, the chief executive of BAA, which owns Heathrow, voiced fears that the airport’s demise would cause huge damage to London’s economy.

While the Government has said it will review airport capacity in the South East, a third runway at Heathrow has been ruled out by the Coalition.

The fears voiced by Mr Matthews are shared by a number of influential business figures.

Last month Katja Hall, the CBI’s Chief Policy Director, warned that Britain was in danger of becoming a “branch line” unless it action was taken.

Speaking to London’s Evening Standard, Mr Matthews said Heathrow was being overtaken by continental rivals including Frankfurt and Paris.

“We’ve only got about 15 years, we do need to do something now,” he said.

“There is the option of doing nothing. But that simply means that business that should go to the UK will go to Frankfurt, Paris or Amsterdam instead.”

Heathrow is also facing competition for traffic from major hubs further afield, notably Dubai which is set to take over the mantle as the world’s largest international airport by 2016.

A number of senior figures in the aviation industry have urged the Government to rethink its policy on Heathrow, including Willie Walsh, the head of the International Airlines Group. British Airways’ parent company.

Others to join the chorus in recent weeks have included……

Read the full story at The Telegraph….


By , Transport Editor

14 May 2012


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