A fringe meeting at the Trade Union Congress has reveled a split among unions over Heathrow Airport's expansion. Heathrow's controversial plans to build a third runway at the airport were given government approval in the National Policy Statement on airports, voted in by Parliament in June. However at a fringe meeting at this year's Trade Union Congress, arranged by the No 3rd Runway Coalition, unions including the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) and the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) spoke out to highlight their opposition to the scheme. Heathrow has the support of a number of big trade unions, including Unite, GMB, Community and BALPA unions which support many of the 78,000 workers at the hub airport. But PCS and TSSA unions have spoken out about environmental concerns linked to expansion as well as raising questions over the legitimacy of the economic predictions following expansion. TSSA raised the decision to forge ahead with expansion despite … [Read more...] about Dissent at Trade Union Congress over Heathrow Expansion support
PUBLISHED: 09:39 26 June 2018 Sarah Chambers Aerial view of Stansted Picture: STANSTED AIRPORT Stansted Airport The government must to more to maximise the potential of all airports as Brexit approaches, Stansted Airport warned following a vote in the House of Commons backing Heathrow expansion. Heathrow expansion moved a step closer after the government easily won a vote on controversial plans for a third runway. Support from Labour MPs helped push through the proposals to expand Europe’s busiest airport with an overwhelming majority of 296. But a group of councils and campaigners against the plans are preparing to take the Government to court to block the move. The plans will create 114,000 extra jobs in the area around the airport by 2030, with an extra 16 million long-haul seats by 2040, according to officials. A Stansted Airport spokesperson said it was “vital” for the UK economy that the country has the “best possible aviation connections” as … [Read more...] about Government ‘must to more to maximise potential of all airports’ Stansted insists as Heathrow expansion gets green light
Details of plans for a third runway at Heathrow Airport are expected to be set out later today. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling will clarify plans for the west London hub at a meeting of the Cabinet's economic sub-committee on Tuesday morning, Sky News understands.The details will then be discussed by Theresa May's full Cabinet, which meets at 9.30am.If the plan receives the Cabinet's backing, the transport secretary will likely update the House of Commons.MPs will then vote on the plan no later than 21 sitting days after its publication.:: World's airports facing "capacity crisis", industry body warnsKey Tory Heathrow opponent Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary, is notably not on the sub-committee.A third runway at Heathrow was given the green light in 2016, but remains a controversial matter for nearby residents, politicians from all parties, environmentalists and business leaders.Yesterday, The Daily Telegraph reported that Mrs May is considering not handing her MPs a free … [Read more...] about Plans for third runway at Heathrow Airport ‘to be set out today’
A total ban on night flights at Heathrow would “seriously damage” the UK’s economic competitiveness by hitting important export industries and regional growth, a major aviation body has warned. The Airports Commission is proposing a six and a half hour total ban on flights at Heathrow, that the International Air Transport Association (Iata) fears would hamper air cargo, which increasingly relies on overnight delivery, and reduce connecting flights of use to business passengers. At present overnight flights are allowed, but subject to a strict quota managed by the Department for Transport. The airport is currently restricted to 5,800 take-offs and landings a year between 11:30pm and 6am compared to its 1,300 daily scheduled flights. “Just-in-time manufacturing processes, lack of consumer patience to wait for goods, and time and temperature sensitive shipments such as pharmaceuticals and fresh produce, mean air cargo is a crucial link in the transport … [Read more...] about Heathrow night flight ban would ‘damage’ UK economy, major trade body claims
Supported by Europe By PALKO KARASZAPRIL 20, 2018 Continue reading the main story Share This Page Continue reading the main story LONDON — Are you in the market for several baggage claim carousels, escalators, murals, check-in counters, clocks, not-quite-comfortable chairs, passport scanners and signs that declare “Nothing to declare”?Then an auction of the entire contents of London Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 1 may appeal to you. Everything — every chair, every door, every single thing — is on sale to the highest bidder starting on Saturday.When Queen Elizabeth II formally dedicated Terminal 1 in 1969, it was among the biggest and most modern in Europe. Called “a beacon of British innovation” by the organizer of the sale, CA Global Partners, it was capable of shepherding nine million passengers a day, during a time when romantic notions about air travel were at their peak.But now, the terminal, which shut down 2015, is set … [Read more...] about Sale at Heathrow Terminal 1. Everything Must Go.