Anger over revised plans for airport on Hoo peninsula
after winning a fight against the plan it is now being reconsidered.
the proposed site at Cliffe, on the Hoo peninsula.
by the government for airport expansion in the South East.
airport expansion plans.
it is an important breeding ground for birds such as avocets, marsh harriers,
Mediterranean gulls and little terns.
unwelcome proposal to concrete over the Hoo Peninsula to create an international
airport is back on the table.
important wetlands in Medway and we will do so again.”
plan, and called on the coalition government to “unequivocally” rule it out.
it was “vital that a location for extra runway capacity is found for London to
remain one of the leading world cities”.
being considered by the Boris Johnson. He wants to increase flight capacity around
London without expanding Heathrow, and has also been considering an airport in
the Thames Estuary. A spokesperson for the Mayor said it was “vital that a location
for extra runway capacity was found for London to remain one of the leading world
cities.” Bird strike would be a real problem.
been questioned by a Swale councillor. He asked the Swale Council leader whether
the failure of David Cameron to dismiss the proposal meant it might be taken more
seriously. This came after the issue was raised during a BBC interview with Mr
Cameron at the Conservative Party conference. Mr Cameron had indicated he was
happy for a series of feasibility reports to have been done.
Aviation industry chiefs’ lobbying transport secretary Alistair Darling to ditch
the Cliffe Airport option from the aviation consultation has been dismissed by
Lobby group Freedom To Fly, whose members include British Airways, Virgin Airways
and BAA, last week offered to write to Darling provided environmental groups drop
their opposition to expansion at other airports.
unsustainable’. He added: ‘All that is now required is a firm commitment from
those environmental groups who went to court to oppose the exclusion of Gatwick
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but rejected on grounds of cost, and high environmental impact.
BAA advises ministers against new Cliffe airport
Tuesday, 5 November 2002
BAA, the owner of Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, is set to advise the Government
against building a new airport at Cliffe in Kent in order to meet increased demand
for air travel in the South-east.
Instead, BAA is expected to indicate that a third runway at Heathrow and the
expansion of Stansted in Essex would be a more cost-effective and viable means
of providing additional capacity.
The company is due to deliver its response by the end of this month to the consultation
document issued by the Government in July setting out the options for expanding
runway capacity in the South-east.
BAA will be careful, however, to emphasise that any final decision on where to
site new runways must be one for the Government. It is likely to avoid making
a hard and fast recommendation in favour of building new runways at particular
airports for fear of antagonising local residents groups and environmental campaigners.
The Government document put forward three main options: a brand new airport at
Cliffe in the Kent marshes next to an important breeding site for water fowl;
a third runway at Heathrow to handle short-haul aircraft; and the expansion of
Stansted with up to four additional runways.
Mike Hodgkinson, BAA’s chief executive, insisted yesterday that BAA was still
working on its submission to the Government, and that much would depend on the
studies by the Strategic Rail Authority into the cost and building new rail links
to support increased runway capacity.
He was speaking as BAA reported a 3.6 per cent dip in normalised pre-tax profits
for the six months to the end of September to £326m because of increased security
and insurance costs and higher interest charges. BAA shares rose 6 per cent to
Despite the difficulty of gauging passenger numbers in the second half when BAA
is much more reliant on business travellers than the leisure market, the company
has not told analysts to amend their full-year profits forecasts which range from
£505m to £550m.
BAA said it expected the Civil Aviation Authority to publish final proposals
on the landing charges it can levy on airlines, for the five years from April
2003, in the next four to five weeks.
The CAA is in dispute with the Competition Commission over the mechanism for
setting charges, with the CAA keen to separate them from the retail income BAA
earns and the commission insistent that retail profits should continue to be used
to subsidise landing charges.
Mr Hodgkinson said that whichever formula was chosen, the level of charges had
to be enough to allow BAA to fund its investment programme, in particular the
building of Terminal Five which is due to enter service in 2008.