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[] London Heathrow airport chief executive officer Colin Matthews is to stand down later this year.

Colin Matthews has been at the helm since March 2008. Image: BBC News 

Matthews joined the airport in March 2008 and under his leadership the proportion of passengers rating their journey through Heathrow as good or excellent increased from less than 50% to more than 75%.

Terminal 5 has been voted by passengers as the world’s best airport terminal for the past three years and the airport has constructed the new T2 which is set to open in June.

London Heathrow was also official gateway for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the option for a third runway was shortlisted in December 2013 by the Sir Howard Davies’ Airports Commission.

Matthews said: “It has been a privilege to serve as CEO of Heathrow for the last six years. With a strong leadership team, the company continues to raise standards of passenger service, improve efficiency and reduce costs.

The opening of terminal two: The Queen’s Terminal in June this year is a further important step in the transformation of Heathrow and long-term prospects are bright following the decision of the airport’s Commission to shortlist our proposal for a new runway.

So once terminal two has opened later this year, I have decided the time is right to pass on the baton.”

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31st March, 2014

Andrew Pentol

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[BBT} The new chairman of Gatwick airport, Sir Roy McNulty, has criticised the Gatwick Express train service, saying that it “at times veers towards Third World conditions”.

Sir Roy McNulty, has criticised the Gatwick Express train service, saying that it “at times veers towards Third World conditions”

Sir Roy McNulty, has criticised the Gatwick Express train service, saying that it “at times veers towards Third World conditions”. Photo: Wikipedia

McNulty, speaking to London Evening Standard, aired his concerns that the Gatwick Express service gives incoming passengers a bad first impression due to overcrowding and old rolling stock.

“In the short to medium term, our main priority is improvement in the road and rail infrastructure that serves the airport – and above all improvement in the Gatwick Express,” said McNulty.

A spokesperson for Southern, which operates the Gatwick Express, said: “In addition to providing a direct airport link, Gatwick Express services now provide around 20,000 extra peak seats between Brighton and London every week to help meet the capacity challenge on that route.

“Balancing the needs of the airport and the needs of Brighton line commuters is always going to be challenging particularly when operating over some of the most congested tracks in the country.”

Gatwick last week submitted its response to the Airports Commission, headed by Sir Howard Davies, which is looking at how to expand airport capacity in the south-east.

The airport argues in its submission that there needs to be better rail services to London’s airports, in order to attract more airlines.

“Although it already has excellent rail links, the airport – as well as some of its airlines – believe more dedicated, high quality and value for money services into London are fundamental to encouraging greater use of its capacity,” said Gatwick in a statement.


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Scott Carey
20th May, 2013

[BBC News] Gatwick Airport bosses are to begin work on detailed plans for a second runway which would double annual capacity to 70 million passengers.

Gatwick Airport to submit runway options.

Gatwick Airport to submit runway options. Photo: Wikipedia

The West Sussex airport’s owners say they will scrutinise the options to develop the site up to 2020 and beyond.

The plans will now be put to an independent aviation commission led by former Financial Services Authority boss Sir Howard Davies.

Campaigners fear expansion will raise noise levels and harm the environment.

Gatwick said no runway would be built before 2019 under a legal agreement signed in 1979.

Its bosses believe additional “capacity and flexibility” would help ensure London’s airports provide south-east England with the connectivity needed.

Chief executive Stewart Wingate said it could be “affordable and practical” and a better option than new runways at Heathrow or Stansted airports.

“Over the last three years we have transformed the airport, invested around £650m and have a strong track record for delivering key routes to growth markets,” he said.

“However, we must now look to the future when Gatwick will become full and outline its long-term role in ensuring London has an efficient and resilient airport system that creates the crucial connectivity London and the UK needs.”

The plans sent to Sir Howard Davies’s commission, which will report back in 2015, include evaluations of environmental and economic impacts.

Gatwick said its “masterplan” for the airport contained a “scenario” for a new runway. The plans were put to public consultation for 18 weeks, which ended in January, it said.

Gatwick serves 197 destinations and currently handles about 34 million passengers a year……

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17th October, 2012

[Guardian] Proposals for night flights at Heathrow could be back on the agenda after the government said it had told the independent commission into aviation capacity to produce an interim report next year recommending “immediate actions”.

Government call for interim recommendations on airport capacity revives speculation over possible actions

Government call for interim recommendations on airport capacity revives speculation over possible actions. Photo: Wikipedia

The announcement will help David Cameron deflect claims he is continuing to dither over airport capacity. But the new timetable will reignite controversy over Heathrow well before the 2015 election and has fuelled speculation that night flights, or even dual use of Heathrow runways for both landing and takeoff – known as “mixed mode” –  may be put back on the agenda.

Sir Howard Davies, who is leading the inquiry, insisted he was “genuinely undecided” and “logically could not deny” speculation over any option, but said no one had asked him to examine specific questions about mixed mode, which would bring huge increases in air traffic and noise. He said he would be scrutinising even the government’s own forecasts for growing airport demand.

The former boss of the Financial Services Authority and the CBI industry group , who resigned as head of the London School of Economics last year, said he believed the key to a successful inquiry was formulating the right questions. He said he would start holding hearings in the spring. According to the announcement from the new transport secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, his task is “identifying and recommending to government options for maintaining this country’s status as an international hub for aviation”.

Davies said he would be recruiting no more than three or four members for the commission, including a “transport economist, but otherwise you’ll probably want people of judgment from a decent balance of backgrounds”. Names would be confirmed within seven to 10 days, he said.

The coalition agreement rules out a third runway at Heathrow. But Cameron’s removal of Justine Greening from the transport portfolio in this week’s cabinet reshuffle, and the apparent shelving of her own planned “call for evidence”, has been taken by many as a signal that a Conservative U-turn over the building of a third Heathrow runway is in motion – albeit slowly enough and sufficiently at arm’s length to avoid the electoral fallout. Davies’s ultimate conclusions will not be delivered until 2015, after the next election.

Labour supported expansion at the last election, but proposed the commission to the government a year ago, in part to overcome its own internal difficulties on the issue. Shadow transport secretary Maria Eagle said Labour would “engage constructively”.

Davies said: “The issue is the extent to which they are committed to receiving its findings.”

He said he was under no illusions that his findings would……

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September 2012

[BBC News] The government is to look at ways to expand the UK’s airport capacity, amid suggestions the prime minister will perform a U-turn on his pledge not to build a third runway at Heathrow.

Deputy Prime Minister and Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg said: "My party's manifesto is against a third runway and the coalition agreement could not have been clearer. Photo: Wikipedia

Deputy Prime Minister and Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg said: “My party’s manifesto is against a third runway and the coalition agreement could not have been clearer. Photo: Wikipedia

A commission chaired by ex-Financial Services Authority boss Sir Howard Davies will also consider a new airport to the east of London.

London Mayor Boris Johnson, who opposes expanding Heathrow, called the government’s move a “fudge”.

The commission will report after 2015.

Both the Conservatives and Lib Dems ruled out a third runway at Heathrow in their 2010 general election manifestos and the coalition agreement continued this commitment. However, business leaders and some Tory MPs have argued that increased airport capacity is vital to dragging the UK out of recession

Several leading Conservatives, including Chancellor George Osborne, have hinted at a rethink over a third runway at Heathrow.

The controversy has intensified in recent days after Justine Greening, a fierce opponent of a new runway, was replaced as transport secretary by Patrick McLoughlin on Tuesday.

Critics, including Mr Johnson, have suggested this will prepare the ground for a change of Conservative Party policy.

Sir Howard, a former deputy governor of the Bank of England and director of the London School of Economics, will chair a body which will consider evidence from all sides and make recommendations to the government.

His commission will publish an interim report next year but no decision is expected until after the next election, due in 2015.

‘Hub status’

David Cameron faced a number of queries on aviation policy during Prime Minister’s Questions – the first since the end of the summer recess.

He told MPs that large infrastructure projects were “extremely difficult for individual governments to take and to deliver”.

Mr Cameron added: “What we need to do is build a process that hopefully has cross-party support so we can look carefully at this issue and deliver changes that will address the problems of capacity we will have in future years and address the issue of the hub status in the UK.”…….

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5th Sept, 2012