BA call for Heathrow expansion
October 24th, 2011 by elisa

British Airways has asked the Government to urgently address the poor capacity of a new hub airport in the southeast. The airline were prompted to speak out after the Government’s “Developing a sustainable framework for UK aviation” consultation.

In its submission, the airline argues that aviation supports over 900,000 jobs in the UK and provides vital transport links for businesses across the country, which means expansion is logical and necessary to support the UK economy.

The lack of airport capacity means London is in danger of falling behind competitors, with UK passengers forced to transfer through alternative hubs such as Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam.

Chief executive Keith Williams said: “The Government must take action now. There are no easy choices, but avoiding these choices is to undermine the UK aviation and aerospace industry and to hinder the economic recovery.”

“We are already falling behind other European hubs in providing services to the booming markets of China and India. This will only continue unless the Government commits to allowing sustainable growth.”

The airline also claims that Heathrow does not serve 21 emerging market destinations that other European hubs already accommodate, and the creation of a high-speed rail link between Gatwick and Heathrow will not be appropriate as both airports already operate at full capacity.


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