Heathrow Hub, the rival plan to the controversial proposed third runway expansion, is formally complaining to the Competition and Markets Authority about the behaviour of the airport. It claims Heathrow “abused its dominant market position” to get Government backing for the third runway, by simply refusing to consider the Hub. The brainchild of former Concorde pilot Jock Lowe, it would extend the northern runway rather than building a new one. Lowe said: “After years of trying to work co-operatively with Heathrow Airport and the Department of Transport, we have decided it is time to take the gloves off.” Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has said he couldn’t back the Hub option because Heathrow would not guarantee to work on commercial terms to help build it. That is the heart of Lowe’s complaint. He said: “The consequence of Heathrow’s veto and the flawed process run by the Department for Transport is that consumers and airlines … [Read more...] about Heathrow blamed for ‘unfairly blocking plan for a rival runway’
Union bosses and business leaders have lent their support to Heathrow ahead of a Parliamentary vote to approve a third runway . The airport's lengthy battle for extension now awaits a vote by MPs in the coming months. British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) and the TUC Union have called on those politicians to "crack on" with approving the additional runway at Heathrow airport. The TUC Union joins Unite, GMB, Community and BALPA unions in supporting the project which, if granted outline approval in a vote expected before the summer, will allow Heathrow to build a North-West Runway. The controversial runway, which would extend over the M25, will lead to the loss of several houses as well as compulsory and voluntary purchase agreements where Heathrow buy out some homeowners living near the new runway. Read More News from Heathrow Airport However 78,000 people work directly at Heathrow Airport and the local economies of Hillingdon , Hounslow and Ealing , as well as Slough and Spelthorne, … [Read more...] about Business leaders and union bosses back Heathrow expansion
Does the rival Heathrow scheme make more sense than existing plans for the airport’s expansion? Surinder Arora, founder of the Arora Group, says YES. Competition is absolutely necessary to ensure that passengers and the UK economy benefit fully from the expansion of Heathrow, with an end to the current monopoly. Spiralling costs and a track record of over-spending risk the airport becoming a white elephant if led by the incumbent, Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL). With world-leading partners, we have published advanced plans for the terminal layout and design; HAL is yet to provide equivalent transparency on this same, government-approved “North West Runway scheme”. Our plans allow for the full additional required capacity (130m passengers per year), whereas HAL’s updated westerly option, as the Civil Aviation Authority referenced this Monday, would total £31bn – more than double what HAL has admitted. The airlines back us, and we believe passengers … [Read more...] about DEBATE: Does the rival Heathrow scheme make more sense than existing plans for the airport’s expansion?
Heathrow's biggest landlord Sunder Arora has released another alternative plan for Heathrow Airport's Expansion. The Arora group claims that its plan will cost "under half" as much as the current Heathrow Airport Limited Scheme and will focus on a "Western Hub". The plan would see all terminal activity focused to a single "campus", to the west of the airport, between Terminal 5 and the M25. Hotel tycoon Sunder Arora believes that by not having to redevelop the existing terminals 1 and 2, the airport will not only avoid costs, but also extreme disruption. The cornerstone of the businessman's plan is that the airport is currently being run as a monopoly, with the government only recognising Heathrow Airport Limited as having the "sole right to undertake Heathrow expansion". Arora's plan also has the backing of both British Airways and Virgin Atlantic . Read More Heathrow Airport news The airport operator's current plan has the support of the government, and a vote expected to carry … [Read more...] about Heathrow hotel tycoon reveals alternative £14.4bn expansion plan
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