The pressure for a third runway at Heathrow grows, as a new poll suggests over 50% of international airlines are planning to move flights away from the UK because there is not enough room at the airport.
The Board of Airline Representatives in the UK (BAR UK), which represents 84 scheduled airlines, said its survey shows that airlines are looking at alternative bases in other countries rather than switching to other London airports. It added that if London restricts airport capacity to that of the last decade, then it is actively encouraging airlines to look elsewhere.
BAA chief executive Colin Matthews is expected to further push the third runway cause as he reveals the full results of the survey at a transport conference in London today. According to Sky news, Matthews will state that London is excluding itself from economic growth because it is unable to forge new airlinks with growing economies such as China.