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Heathrow residents disappointed there is still no night flight ban in the DfT consultation

Commenting on the publication today of the DfT’s consultation into a new night flight regime at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, HACAN (the Heathrow Association for the Control of  Aircraft Noise) said is was disappointed that the Government has still not committed itself to a night flight ban.  However, they have welcomed the fact that the Government is prepared to look at measures which could mitigate the noise. These include increasing the angle of descent on approach; guaranteed respite periods; changing the existing scheduling or operating bans which affect the noisiest aircraft types. John Stewart, Chair of HACAN, which represents residents under the Heathrow flight paths, said: “We are very clear that we want a ban on night flights before 6 o’clock and a progressive reduction between 6am and 7am. Many people under the Heathrow flight paths don’t need an alarm clock; the first plane wakes them at 4.30 am.”

 


Still no Night Flight Ban

22.1.2013 (HACAN press release)

Residents expressed disappointment that the Government has still not committed itself to a night flight ban in its consultation on a new night flight regime at Heathrow, Stansted and Gatwick, released earlier today. However, they have welcomed the fact that the Government is prepared to look at measures which could mitigate the noise. These include increasing the angle of descent on approach; guaranteed respite periods; changing the existing scheduling or operating bans which affect the noisiest aircraft types.

This consultation is the first part of a two-stage consultation process into replacing the current night flight regime at the UK’s three designated airports which runs out in October 2014. The first stage of the consultation closes on 22nd April. The second part will contain more detailed proposals.

John Stewart, Chair of HACAN, which represents residents under the Heathrow flight paths, said: “We are very clear that we want a ban on night flights before 6 o’clock and a progressive reduction between 6am and 7am. Many people under the Heathrow flight paths don’t need an alarm clock; the first plane wakes them at 4.30 am.”

Stewart added: “However, we do welcome the fact that the Government is prepared to look at noise mitigation measures such as steeper approaches and guaranteed respite periods.”

Currently there are 16 flights permitted at Heathrow between 11.30pm and 6am and around 60 between 6am and 7am each day.

 

(1). Link to the consultation: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/66837/consultation-document.pdf

 

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DfT announces start of 3 month consultation on night flight regime at Heathrow, Gatwick & Stansted

Date added: January 22, 2013

The government has begun a 3 month consultation into night flights at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted Airports. It is calling for views and evidence on “the effectiveness of the current regime, the costs and benefits of future options and airlines’ fleet replacement plans”. The consultation closes on 22nd April 2013. Transport Minister Simon Burns says: “This consultation includes a review of current evidence on the costs of night flights, particularly noise, and the benefits of these flights. It sets out our thinking on how we would expect to appraise the policy options for the next night flights regime.” The government will publish the 2nd consultation later this year. It will include specific proposals for the new regime, such as the number of permitted night flights. The proposals in the 2nd consultation will be informed by the evidence received from this 1st stage consultation. The Dft says it aims to strike “a fair balance between the interests of those affected by the noise disturbance and those of the airports, passengers and the UK economy.”

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DfT announces start of 3 month consultation on night flight regime at Heathrow, Gatwick & Stansted

The government has begun a 3 month consultation into night flights at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted Airports. It is calling for views and evidence on “the effectiveness of the current regime, the costs and benefits of future options and airlines’ fleet replacement plans”. The consultation closes on 22nd April 2013. Transport Minister Simon Burns says: “This consultation includes a review of current evidence on the costs of night flights, particularly noise, and the benefits of these flights. It sets out our thinking on how we would expect to appraise the policy options for the next night flights regime.” The government will  publish the 2nd consultation later this year. It will include specific proposals for the new regime, such as the number of permitted night flights. The proposals in the 2nd consultation will be informed by the evidence received from this 1st stage consultation. The Dft says it aims to strike “a fair balance between the interests of those affected by the noise disturbance and those of the airports, passengers and the UK economy.”

 


 


 

Statement by Simon Burns, Minister of State for Transport:

The first of 2 night noise consultations is announced today.

On 26 March 2012 the government announced that it would extend the existing restrictions on night flights at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted Airports for a period of 2 years until October 2014. This extension will ensure a new night flying regime can take account of the aviation policy framework which the government has committed to have in place by the spring.

Today I have published the first of 2 consultations which will inform the development of the next night noise regime. This first consultation seeks views and evidence on a range of issues including the effectiveness of the current regime, the costs and benefits of future options and airlines’ fleet replacement plans. Additionally this consultation includes a review of current evidence on the costs of night flights, particularly noise, and the benefits of these flights. It sets out our thinking on how we would expect to appraise the policy options for the next night flights regime and seeks views on our approach.

We will publish the second consultation later this year and this will include specific proposals for the new regime, such as the number of permitted night flights. These proposals, which will be informed by the evidence we receive from this first stage consultation, will need to strike a fair balance between the interests of those affected by the noise disturbance and those of the airports, passengers and the UK economy.


 

Consultation and associated documents at 

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/night-flights-consultation

This initial consultation seeks views on night flying restrictions at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted.

As a first step to setting the next night flights regime, we are using this consultation to gather evidence to inform both our development of options for the next regime and the work of the Airports Commission.

This is an open call for evidence and we want to gather evidence now to help us assess the relative feasibility of different options.

Night flying restrictions at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports, written statement by the Minister of State for Transport, 22 January 2013

ERCD Report 1208, ‘Aircraft noise, sleep disturbance and health effects: a review’

ERCD Report 1209, ‘Proposed methodology for estimating the cost of sleep disturbance from aircraft noise’

Documents

Night flying restrictions at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted consultation document

We are seeking views on night flying restrictions at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted.

PDF, 1.05MB, 94 pages

Supporting documents

Night flying restrictions at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted consultation annexes

PDF, 13.9MB, 64 pages

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Contact the DfT by 22 April 2013

Respond online or

Write to the DfT:

email   night.noise@dft.gsi.gov.uk

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Department for Transport,

Great Minster House (1/26),

33 Horseferry Road,

London,

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Heathrow residents disappointed there is still no night flight ban in the Dft consultation

Date added: January 22, 2013

Commenting on the publication today of the DfT’s consultation into a new night flight regime at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, HACAN (the Heathrow Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise) said is was disappointed that the Government has still not committed itself to a night flight ban. However, they have welcomed the fact that the Government is prepared to look at measures which could mitigate the noise. These include increasing the angle of descent on approach; guaranteed respite periods; changing the existing scheduling or operating bans which affect the noisiest aircraft types. John Stewart, Chair of HACAN, which represents residents under the Heathrow flight paths, said: “We are very clear that we want a ban on night flights before 6 o’clock and a progressive reduction between 6am and 7am. Many people under the Heathrow flight paths don’t need an alarm clock; the first plane wakes them at 4.30 am.”

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See also, from the HACAN website:

Economic costs of sleep deprivation to be included in night flights review

In a Lord’s debate (28/5/12) the Government announced it would consider the economic loss due to sleep loss when it reviews night flights later this year. This will be the first time this has been done.  The issue was first raised in a CE Delft Report published by HACAN. Welcome move.

More details of the announcement 

Read the HACAN report

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Manchester Council to cut share in MAG from 55% to 35.5% and 9 other councils cut theirs from 45% to 29%

The Manchester Evening News looked at the recent purchase of Stansted airport, by MAG, and assessed what this means for Manchester taxpayer, Manchester airport and the region. 10 councils currently own MAG and they have not had to pay anything towards the deal. The cash has been raised through a combination of MAG selling a 35.5% stake in itself to IFM and agreeing a new debt package with its banks. The deal will see Manchester Council reduce its stake in MAG from 55% to 35.5%. The other 9 councils, which currently have a 5% stake each, will share equally the remaining 29% of MAG. After buying Stansted, MAG will control nearly 19% of the UK aviation market, and this may strengthen its bargaining power when negotiating with airlines. The 10 councils hope to get a larger annual dividend now. In 2012, £20m was paid out, of which £11m went to Manchester and £1m each to the other 9 councils. MAG hopes to increase profits at Stansted, which is operating now at 47% of capacity, by increasing income from shops, restaurants and bars.

MAG will now be 35.5% owned by IFM and 29% owned by the councils, retaining 35.5% itself.


Manchester Airport buys Stansted – but what does it mean for you? We find out

by Adam Jupp

January 20, 2013 (Manchester Evening News)

Manchester Airports Group has struck a £1.5bn deal to buy Stansted Airport.

Supporters of the deal, reported in Saturday’s MEN, claim it could bring more money to Greater Manchester’s ten councils, which currently own MAG.

Here, MEN head of business Adam Jupp examines what it means for taxpayers, the airport and the region as a whole:

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1) If Manchester Airports Group is owned by the 10 Greater Manchester councils, how can it afford to spend so much on another airport at a time when there are huge cuts to public services?

The councils have not had to pay anything towards the deal, which is set to be finalised at the end of February. The cash has been raised through a combination of MAG selling a 35.5 % stake in itself to an Australian company called Industry Funds Management and agreeing a new debt package with its banks*. The deal will see Manchester council reduce its stake in MAG from 55% to 35.5%. The other nine town halls, which currently have a 5% stake each, will share equally the remaining 29%.

*AirportWatch comment: If they paid £1.5bn and only got an injection of £1bn then “agreeing a new debt package with its banks” disguises a £0.5bn loan of some sort. This could be ameliorated somewhat if the £1.5bn is paid by instalments – but even then that £0.5bn has to be found somewhere.

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2) Will Manchester Airport itself benefit?

As a result of this deal, MAG will control nearly 19% of the UK aviation market, owning Manchester, Stansted, East Midlands and Bournemouth. That is likely to strengthen its bargaining power when negotiating with airlines. As a result, the deal could help airport bosses in their quest to bring new routes to Manchester.

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3) Why was Stansted so attractive to MAG?

Stansted has seen its passenger numbers fall by around a quarter over the past five years and that is why MAG thinks it has huge growth potential. It believes it can improve the airport’s retail areas, increasing the amount of money brought in by its shops, restaurants and bars. After investing heavily in Manchester’s terminals, retail revenues have risen steadily year-on-year – they grew from £69.4m in 2011 to £74.6m in 2012. MAG will also be looking to make the most of its airline relationships to bring passengers numbers back to what they were five years ago. Ryanair currently accounts 70% of all flights out of Stansted but the airport is only at 47% capacity. MAG will be looking to encourage other carriers like Jet2.com, Flybe and easyJet, many of which have a strong presence at Manchester, to launch new routes from the Essex gateway.

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4) Could it lead to greater profits, which could then be distributed to the 10 Greater Manchester town halls?

The councils have reduced their stakes in MAG but have agreed to the deal in the hope it will boost the dividend they receive each year. The dividend is based on MAG’s annual earnings and in 2012, £20m was paid out, of which £11m went to Manchester and £1m each to the other nine. Buying Stansted will automatically add around £80m to MAG’s profits, which the group will hope to increase through the measures mentioned above.

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5) Is £1.5bn value for money?

When weighing up whether a deal represents value-for-money, analysts tend to look at the purchase price as a multiple of a company’s underlying profits. The £1.5bn price tag was 15.6 times Stansted’s 2012 earnings. When looking at other airport deals, Newcastle sold a 49% stake in itself for a reported £150m, which was 16.1 times its profits, while Edinburgh Airport was sold for £807m – 16.7 times its earnings. On that basis, the Stansted deal has been viewed as a good one from MAG’s perspective by some industry commentators.

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6) What are the risks associated with a purchase of this magnitude, particularly during the current recession?

There is, of course, a risk that MAG’s plans for Stansted won’t come off.  However, it has a proven track record of not only managing an airport of a similar scale – Manchester – but improving its performance, even during a  recession. In the last six months alone, Ryanair and easyJet have added routes from Manchester, while United Airlines started daily flights to Washington and American Airlines started using bigger aircraft for its New York and Chicago services. Earlier this month, it revealed revenues, profits and passenger numbers in the six months to the end of September were all up on last year.

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7) Who were Manchester’s rivals for the Stansted deal?

Various parties have been reported as being interested in Stansted during the sale process. By last week, there were just three left in the race, with MAG up against Malaysia Airports, which lodged a joint bid with YTL, the company that owns utilities firms Wessex Water, and Australian investment bank Macquarie.

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8) Will any people currently employed at Manchester Airport be transferred to Essex?

It is too early to say but it is unlikely large numbers of workers will be asked to transfer to Stansted. MAG has said it has “a detailed integration plan in place to ensure a seamless transition of ownership and operations at Stansted.”

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9) As MAG is owned by the people, why were the people not consulted?

The proposals were first put the the Association of Greater Manchester Councils, then secured approval from each town hall individually, where they were voted on by publicly-elected councillors.

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10) And finally, with all the cutbacks taking place, which we hear about on a daily basis, why didn’t our town hall leaders consider selling their stake in MAG?

Selling their shareholdings in MAG would have netted a one-off windfall for the councils. However, it is hoped by not only retaining their stakes, but backing the expansion of the group, the amount they pocket year-on-year through their dividends will grow.

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http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereveningnews/news/s/1598581_manchester-airport-buys-stansted—but-what-does-it-mean-for-you-we-find-out

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Comment from an AirportWatch member:

If MAG cannot make a profit out of Stansted, at least enough to pay the interest MAG may have to raise more money, possibly from the local authorities, but more likely from IFM or a new investor. It is unlikely that the local authorities will put up any new money; I do not suppose they have it for a start. The worst case is that they lose all the investment they have in MAG.

When they talk about the debt package, I imagine that the debt for the whole of MAG will have been re-negotiated, not just the extra £500m. MAG will be a standalone entity and the debt will not be the responsibility of the shareholders, unless they have given a specific guarantee or provided security to the banks, which I feel sure they would not have done.

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MAG have no plans for a 2nd Stansted runway but want more airlines other than Ryanair

The Times reports that Stansted’s new owners, Manchester Airports Group, do not have any plans to build a second runway.  MAG take up ownership at the end of February.  Industry Funds Management helped MAG buy the airport, by taking a 35.5% stake. It told the Times that it now wants to attract other airlines, as Ryanair has around  70% of flights at Stansted.  Even perhaps some full service airlines. Stansted no longer even makes full use of its one runway, with the number of passengers falling from almost 24 million in 2007 to some 17.4 million in 2012, due to easyJet taking many of its flights to  Gatwick instead, and the closure of some small low cost airlines.  IFM said the airport is only working at about 47% capacity. Charlie Cornish, MAG’s chief executive, indicated the company had little appetite for competing with Heathrow. He called Stansted “the London airport for Europe”.


 

Second runway ‘not needed’ at Stansted

Ryanair accounts for two in three flights at Stansted

by Robert Lea (Times)
22.1.2013
The Times reports that Stansted’s new owners, Manchester Airports Group, do not have any plans to build a second runway.  MAG take up ownership at the end of February.

Industry Funds Management helped MAG buy the airport, by taking a 35.5% stake. It told the Times that it now wants to attract other airlines, as Ryanair has around  70% of flights at Stansted.  Even perhaps some full service airlines. Stansted is likely to considered by the Davies Commission this year, when it looks at UK hub airport capacity, and Boris has been vocal in his support for Stansted to become a massive hub with 4 runways.

Stansted no longer even makes full use of its one runway, with the number of passengers falling from almost 24 million in 2007 to some 17.4 million in 2012, due to easyJet taking many of its flights to  Gatwick instead, and the closure of some small low cost airlines.  IFM said the airport is only working at about 47% capacity.

Recently Charlie Cornish, the CEO of Manchester Airports Group, said his company had little appetite for competing with Heathrow. He called Stansted “the London airport for Europe”.

Times article at

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/business/industries/transport/article3664167.ece

 

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Snow problems at Heathrow being used as opportunity to lobby for another runway

Around 2 inches of snow at Heathrow has caused many cancellations and delays to flights. Meanwhile, three inches of snow at Gatwick has not caused any significant disturbance. And Gatwick only has one runway. Heathrow claims that poor visibility conditions mean more separation distance has to be allowed for planes, and thus imply that they could do better with more runways. It seems the snow is being used as an opportunity to stress how difficult it is for the airport to operate at over 98% of capacity. However, much of the problem appears to be internal organisation within Heathrow, rather than any lack of runway space. Heathrow Airport has spent £36m on its Winter Resilience Programme since 2010 and now has 130 snow-clearing vehicles and equipment. But this does not appear to have been very effective. Gatwick spent £8 million  on “snow kit”, the airport’s snow-clearing capacity is now on a par with icy Oslo, and say its snow-clearing equipment now comprises 98 vehicles, up from the 47 it had in 2011. Gatwick said the 50 cancellations it had made were all due to disruption at other airports. So don’t be taken in by Heathrow using this as “proof” it needs to expand.

Some examples of articles in the Mail, implying that the snow means airport expansion is necessary.

Heathrow’s snow horror: blame flaky politicians

By PETER MCKAY (Daily Mail)

20 January 2013

Everyone in Britain talks constantly about the weather, observed an American visitor, who added: ‘But no one does anything about it.’ Good joke, but no one’s laughing.

How can a smattering of snow cause the cancellation of hundreds of  flights and the temporary homelessness of thousands when, in countries with winters more harsh than  our own, aviation continues without difficulty?

No one can explain it. Each year, we greet snow as if it was falling for the first time. Good lord, what is that cold, wet, slippery white stuff?

Ongoing delays: Heathrow claims poor visibility as well as snow-clearing on the two runways slows down arrivals and departures

Sometimes, we blame forecasters for not warning us. At other times, snow-clearance equipment is blamed. Mostly it’s just hopeless excuses. As a nation we mulishly refuse to take seriously inconveniences to the travelling public.

This year, Heathrow officials from the management company and the airlines have at least got their story straight, instead of falling out  among themselves as they’ve done in the past.

Their spiel goes like this: The airport is working at about 98 per cent of its capacity. Poor visibility as well as snow-clearing on the two runways slows down arrivals and departures. Safety is paramount. So some flights must be cancelled. We apologise to passengers for any inconvenience.

On Friday, 440 flights were cancelled. A further 111 were abandoned on Saturday.

How can a smattering of snow cause the cancellation of hundreds of flights and the temporary homelessness of thousands?

Perhaps I missed it, but I heard no explanation from them as to why it was necessary to hold some passengers for seven hours on a plane which didn’t take off — then return them to the terminal to sleep on the floor, or to organise hotels for themselves.

Personally, I felt lucky. The Virgin Atlantic 747 on which I was a passenger took only seven hours 20 minutes to fly 4,400 miles from Miami, averaging more than ten miles a minute. But we were held in a stack (flying in circles) over Heathrow because snow had begun to fall.

Although we didn’t catch sight of the ground until the runway hove into view through the snow flurries, our landing was smooth, the baggage came up quickly and we were clear of the airport in under an hour.

We were luckier than a passenger headed for Las Vegas, who told Radio 4 his flight was cancelled after waiting on the tarmac for six hours. Everyone on the plane was then taken off but the passengers were not able to reclaim their baggage.

Having spent Friday night in a nearby hotel, he returned to the airport on Saturday morning only to be told that he couldn’t have his bag until Sunday. Is this acceptable? Surely not.

Yesterday, flights were coming and going normally from Gatwick, but Heathrow cancelled 20 per cent of its traffic. Again it was stressed that the snow meant more time was needed between flights, which, because they were working at ‘near capacity’, meant cancellations.

No one is saying as much, but the message is clear enough — Heathrow needs another runway. Are aviation officials dragging their heels during this spell of bad weather in order to force the public to come to the same conclusion, pushing the Government to change its policy?

I doubt they are that cynical. But expanding Heathrow is a political question. The Labour government agreed to a third runway, but the Tory opposition — to please constituents in West London — came out against any more development of Heathrow. Now they’re stuck  with that decision, at least until the 2015 election.

Would a third runway solve the long-running public grievance that is Heathrow Airport? Maybe not. A third runway might also be working at near capacity before long. We need expansion of all London airports, but which politician in a position to move this subject on will risk his or her career saying so?

Those who travel regularly and have experienced the full horror of cancelled flights, imprisonment on stalled planes, irretrievable luggage and sleeping on terminal floors, can and do rage against the collective failure of aviation officialdom to do anything much more than wring  their hands.

Confusion: Critics said Heathrow bosses had failed to learn lessons from December 2010, when a snowstorm left the airport paralysed for days

But for every individual who rages, there might be ten or more who don’t care, who think too much fuss is made by those who fly regularly. Indeed, many are positively scornful of travellers’ trauma.

My old Scottish grannie was one  of them. She would say after  hearing of some calamity at sea, or in the air: ‘Aye, well they’d no business being there.’

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2265564/Heathrow-s-snow-horror-blame-flaky-politicians.html

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Some comments from AirportWatch members:

“I suspect that they occasionally do a deliberately bad job so that they can create a semi-crisis and then use that as additional leverage to get another runway. As you say, showing they are incapable of organising a piss-up in a brewery should not allow them to extend the brewery so they can fail even bigger in future!”

“Passengers have complained to Sky News about how they have been left hanging about the airport all weekend without any information. Simon Calder also appeared on Sky blaming the airport’s problems on “congestion”. This prompted Eamon Holmes to ask him if Heathrow could operate better with three runways.No doubt we will be hearing this one again as we did in similar circumstances two years.as you imply this basket doesn’t need more eggs!”

“It would be interesting to see members of the press investigate things like the progress of the Major Disruption Recovery Development Group which the CAA threw to AOA/BATA and might not have been picked up :
http://www.caa.co.uk/default.aspx?catid=2107&pagetype=90&pageid=12086 ”

“My impression is that Heathrow did a reasonable job in getting the snow cleared – but BA did not have the people in place with sufficient grip of reality to prioritise crew rosters/ stands/ de-icing.  Accordingly the stands were clogged up, incoming flights couldn’t
discharge passengers or were turned back to their originating airports mid-flight (tweets from both Bradford and Lyon both had this last night) and planes waited three hours to be deiced and the flights were then cancelled. It certainly doesn’t look like a basket in which you would want to place even more eggs.”

“The Begg Report from the 2010 events could do to be dusted down :
http://www.baa.com/static/BAA_Airports/Downloads/PDF/BeggReport220311_BAA.pdf ”

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Gatwick spent £8 million on snow preparedness in 2010

 

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Gatwick Airport ready for snow, promises operations manager

 

IT MAY have been a wet Christmas rather than a white one but Gatwick Airport is ready for whatever weather might be thrown at us.

Gatwick chiefs say that, following an £8 million spending spree on “snow kit”, the airport’s snow-clearing capacity is now on a par with icy Oslo. The airport’s snow-clearing equipment now comprises 98 vehicles, up from the 47 it had two winters ago.

  1. Gatwick Airport ready for snow, promises operations manager

    Gatwick Airport ready for snow, promises operations manager

Andy Crabb, Gatwick’s airfield operations manager, explained that the airport is now prepared for the worst. He said: “We have snow ploughs, brushes, cutters, blowers and deicing vehicles, as well as tractors.

“We have 18 ‘sweeper blowers’ for the runway and taxiways, and six large runway anti-icing vehicles, and we can store up to 600,000 litres of anti-icing agent – twice as much as we had in 2010.”

He added: “All £8 million worth of kit has arrived, been tested and is ready for use.”

During bad weather a team of 66 work 12-hour shifts to provide 24-hour cover to keep the runway clear, with a further 120 staff available to be drafted in should the need arise.

It is no easy job clearing snow if it does fall as there is 1.8 million square feet of runway.

As well as machinery to clear the air strip, the airport has 4,000 blankets, 600 mattresses, 8,000 bottles of water, 600 folding beds, 20 snow shovels and 10 travel cots in case passengers become stranded by adverse weather.

Mr Crabb said: “From training extra staff volunteers to drive our snow fleet and help passengers in our terminals, to providing real-time updates during snow, we are as prepared as possible for the winter months.”

http://www.thisissussex.co.uk/Gatwick-Airport-ready-snow-promises-operations/story-17815462-detail/story.html

 

 


 

 

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The chaos is set to continue: Heathrow to cancel 10% of flights today because of low visibility

  • Around 155 – one in ten – will be cancelled at the airport today
  • Stranded passengers have already been forced to sleep on terminal floors after severe weather saw hundreds of flights cancelled over the weekend
  • Travellers vented their frustration about the cancellations

By JONATHAN PETRE and AMANDA WILLIAMS (Mail)

21 January 2013

Travel chaos will continue at Heathrow today after the airport announced plans to cancel ten per cent of flights – around 155

The airport, which typically handles 1,300 flights a day, said it was planning the cancellations because of low visibility, which means more space has to be left between aircraft.

It comes after thousands of air passengers faced misery yesterday after around 260 flights were cancelled at the airport, even though the snow was just 2cm thick.

British Airways, Air France, Aer Lingus, Lufthansa and TAP Portugal flights have been affected.

A statement from the airport said: ‘Following a joint decision by Heathrow, airlines and air traffic control, the flight schedule at Heathrow today will be reduced in order to minimise the expected disruption caused by low visibility.

‘Latest forecasts show a high probability of low visibility conditions. This will reduce the capacity of the airport and without action would cause significant disruption to passengers and flights.

The flight schedule for 21st January will be reduced by 10 per cent and details of which flights will be cancelled will be announced by airlines when they have finalised their schedules.’

It added that it is possible that weather conditions at other European airports will increase the number of cancellations, and urged passengers due to travel tomorrow to check the status of their flight with their airline before travelling to the airport.’

The Heathrow Connect and Heathrow Express train services were also hit by major delays to and from the airport.

BA has already apologised to customers and said it was doing ‘everything it could’ to help those whose flights have been disrupted by the weather.

It has also been claimed airport hotels hiked up their prices to take advantage of those stuck because of the bad weather.

Passengers said some hotel rooms were being offered for £600.

The Sofitel at Terminal 5 was offering rooms at £288, even for those who just wanted somewhere to rest for a couple of hours. Hotel workers said room rates had been put up by about £50 because of the weather.

Angry travellers took to Twitter to vent their frustration with the situation.

Paul Romanuk said: ‘Still massive delays and cancellations due to snow. It hasn’t snowed for two days. Who runs Heathrow, the FA?’

‘The Scandinavians r much more prepared. When do we Brits ever get anything right?’, said Twitter user Jey L, while Kalyan Das said: ‘Bizarre situation, only 4cm snow closes the 2nd busiest airport in northern hemisphere, despite of forecast, rubbish!’

Ben Jones was also unimpressed, tweeting: ‘Heathrow spent £37 million on being better prepared for the snow. Today 1 in 5 flights cancelled. Money well spent then!!’

More than 100 Heathrow flights – 67 of them departures – were grounded yesterday after 440 were cancelled on Friday because of the weather.

Stranded passengers expressed fury after having to sleep on terminal floors.

Some frustrated passengers said they had been held on a plane for six hours waiting to take off, before being told their flight had been cancelled and that they had to disembark.

They then had to endure long queues for free hotel vouchers, find their own accommodation or face a night on the floor.

But rival Gatwick, just 24 miles away, kept its runway open and said the 50 cancellations it had made were all due to disruption at other airports.

It said it had boosted its snow-clearing capabilities by studying methods used at Scandinavian airports such as Oslo.

The Met Office said Gatwick had faced about three inches of snow on Friday afternoon, compared with two at Heathrow.

Heathrow is owned by LHR Airports Ltd, known as BAA until October last year. Gatwick is owned and managed by Global Infrastructure Partners.

Critics said Heathrow’s bosses had failed to learn lessons from a period of severe disruption in December 2010, when the airport was paralysed for days by a snowstorm.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2265562/The-chaos-set-continue-Heathrow-announces-plans-cancel-10-flights-tomorrow-low-visibility.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490


 

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Stansted to be sold for £1.5bn to Manchester Airports Group

Manchester Airports Group has won the bidding process to buy Stansted, at £1.5 billion – higher than commentators though the price would be, when bidding closed two days ago. MAG will now own Stansted, Manchester, East Midlands and Bournemouth airports.  Heathrow Airport Holdings, will retain only 4 UK airports compared with its original 7 – Heathrow, Glasgow, Southampton and Aberdeen. The sale is expected to close by the end of February. MAG also includes the commercial property company, MAG Developments, which has a £350m portfolio across its existing 3 airports and is leading the £650m Enterprise Zone development, Airport City, at Manchester. MAG also runs businesses in car parking, airport security, fire-fighting, engineering, advertising and motor transport. As part of the transaction, Australian infrastructure investment group Industry Funds Management (IFM) will become an investor in MAG, invest new equity and take a 35.5% stake in the enlarged group. Gatwick sold for £1.51 billion and Edinburgh sold for £807 million.

 


Stansted to be sold for £1.5bn to Manchester Airports Group

Deal announced late on Friday means company formerly known as BAA will only be responsible for four airports

Press Association

Friday 18 January 2013 (Guardian)  21.59 GMT
The company formerly known as BAA is to sell Stansted airport to Manchester Airports Group for £1.5bn.
The deal, announced late on Friday, will mean that BAA – now known as Heathrow Airport Holdings – will be responsible for just four UK airports compared with its original seven.
The remaining airports are Heathrow, Southampton, Aberdeen and Glasgow.
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The sale is expected to close by the end of February 2013.
Manchester Airports Group (MAG) owns and operates Manchester, East Midlands and Bournemouth airports.
MAG also includes the commercial property company, MAG Developments, which has a £350m portfolio across the three airports and is leading the £650m Enterprise Zone development, Airport City, at Manchester.
MAG also runs businesses in car parking, airport security, firefighting, engineering, advertising and motor transport.
The group’s three airports and property business contribute about £3.2bn to the UK.
MAG had been one of the bidders for Gatwick when BAA put it up for sale while the CC inquiry was going on but it lost out to American private equity group Global Infrastructure Partners, which now also runs Edinburgh.
Stansted in Essex is London’s third busiest airport after Heathrow and Gatwick and is the UK’s fourth busiest airport.
It handles about 17.5 million passengers and more than 131,000 flights a year.
A popular airport for no-frills airlines, Stansted is home to 14 airlines serving more than 150 destinations in 32 countries. It employs more than 10,000 people.
Stansted’s pre-tax profits in 2011 amounted to £86.6m and are estimated to be £94.2m in 2012.
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Reuters also says
“As part of the transaction, Australian infrastructure investment group Industry Funds Management (IFM) will become an investor in MAG, invest new equity and take a 35.5 percent stake in the enlarged group, MAG said.”
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/01/18/uk-britain-stansted-idUKBRE90H1A820130118
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The Times says
” …Manchester said that the purchase price represented a multiple of 15.6 times last year’s earnings, which “compares favourably with similar airport transactions in the UK and reflects Stansted’s significant growth potential”. “
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“Manchester airports said that it had detailed a integration plan in place to ensure a seamless transition of ownership and operations at Stansted, which will maintain business as usual for passengers and customers.

…in the 12 months to March last year MAG’s passenger numbers rose by a total of 6.7% and revenues by 8.6%. Underlying operating profit was up by 26%.

Industry Funds Management has investments in 9 airports across Australia, including 5 state capital city hubs. In Britain it already has significant investments in Anglian Water, the 4th-largest water and sewerage company in England and Wales, and Arqiva, the broadcast and wireless communications infrastructure company.”

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/business/industries/construction-property/article3662211.ece

 

More on IFM Infrastructure Funds at http://www.industryfundsmanagement.eu/ifm-infrastructure-funds/infrastructure-funds/#global-infrastructure-fund

This is what they invest in in Europe http://www.industryfundsmanagement.eu/ifm-infrastructure-funds/asset-portfolio/asset-portfolio-europe/ They seem to only have 4 things, 2 of them in the UK. They recently got out of Wales & West Utilities.

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By contrast, in April 2012  Edinburgh Airport was sold to Global Infrastructure Partners for £807m   Details

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in October 2009 Gatwick Airport was sold to an entity controlled by Global Infrastructure Partners for £1.51 billion.  Details

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Update from Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) on 22nd January:

Second runway threat may lessen under new owner

Stop Stansted Expansion is assessing the likely implications for expansion at Stansted Airport following its acquisition by Manchester Airports Group (MAG). The group, in conjunction with Australia’s Industry Funds Management, beat two other suitors with a £1.5 billion bid for the airport. MAG owns East Midlands and Bournemouth airports as well as Manchester.

Welcoming the announcement, SSE Chairman Peter Sanders commented: “Our hope is that we can build a constructive relationship with Stansted’s new owners based on maximising the benefits of the airport and minimising its adverse impacts”.

In a preliminary assessment of the likely prospects for Stansted under new owners, Brian Ross SSE’s economics adviser, said: “We think it unlikely that MAG will pursue the idea of a second runway. They got their fingers burnt 15 years ago when they built a second runway at Manchester which, as it turned out, they didn’t need.”

Manchester is similar in size to Stansted and recently pushed the Essex airport into fourth place in the UK’s airports league table based on passenger numbers.

Brian Ross told the Times, “Charlie Cornish [MAG’s chief executive] recently said he wanted to return Stansted to its 2007 peak [24 million passengers a year] within ten years and that is something we can work with them constructively on. That seems to be a realistic ambition and could be sustainable.”

Mr Cornish said MAG would use its expertise to ensure that Stansted “can fulfil its potential as a high-quality alternative London access point for global air travellers.  Stansted has scope to benefit from significant volume growth over the short, medium and long term.”

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“More flights to interesting places” – Simon Calder

Of the four London airports, Stansted is furthest from the centre and furthest from key road and rail arteries, says Simon Calder, the Independent’s travel editor, in an article discussing the implications of Stansted’s new ownership. “It’s only a little bit unfair to describe it as an airport people use because they have to,” he said. “Manchester Airports Group will be seeking to change all that.”  He predicted that passengers would notice “more flights to more interesting places – and a wider range of airlines”. It was unhealthy for Stansted to be so dependent on Ryanair. Long-haul airlines at Stansted had come and gone but if it could find the right airline that needed a fast track to London, “Heathrow and Gatwick will take notice”. Initially, new owners would try to grab short-haul routes from Gatwick and Luton, he said.

www.independent.co.uk/news/business/analysis-and-features/simon-calders-qa-manchester-airport-buys-stansted-8458342.html

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Manchester Council to cut share in MAG from 55% to 35.5% and 9 other councils cut theirs from 45% to 29%

Date added: January 22, 2013

The Manchester Evening News looked at the recent purchase of Stansted airport, by MAG, and assessed what this means for Manchester taxpayer, Manchester airport and the region. 10 councils currently own MAG and they have not had to pay anything towards the deal. The cash has been raised through a combination of MAG selling a 35.5% stake in itself to IFM and agreeing a new debt package with its banks. The deal will see Manchester Council reduce its stake in MAG from 55% to 35.5%. The other 9 councils, which currently have a 5% stake each, will share equally the remaining 29% of MAG. After buying Stansted, MAG will control nearly 19% of the UK aviation market, and this may strengthen its bargaining power when negotiating with airlines. The 10 councils hope to get a larger annual dividend now. In 2012, £20m was paid out, of which £11m went to Manchester and £1m each to the other 9 councils. MAG hopes to increase profits at Stansted, which is operating now at 47% of capacity, by increasing income from shops, restaurants and bars.

Click here to view full story…

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Which has more passengers now? MAG? Heathrow Airport Holdings? GIP?

Very approximately, from CAA data at showing numbers of passengers

81 million passengers or so at Heathrow’s 4 airports in 2011 (Heathrow, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Southampton)

41 million or so at the MAG 4 airports in 2011 (Stansted, Manchester, East Midlands, Bournemouth)

46 million or so at the GIP’s 3 airports in 2011 (Gatwick, Edinburgh, London City)

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2  days earlier on 16th January 2013:

3 bids submitted for Stansted with sale decision possible soon

Bids for Stansted are now in, and there have been three.  Each bid is for around £1 billion or more. Stansted is now the UK’s 4th largest airport, by passenger numbers, after Manchester, and has mainly leisure and holiday flights, with Ryanair predominant.  It was the 3rd largest till last year.  The final bidders are:  Australia’s Macquarie. Malaysia Airports Holdings and Manchester Airports Group (MAG) with its Australian partner IFM.  The decision on which has won may be know by next week.  Stansted was not seen as easy to sell because Ryanair accounts for about 70% of the airport’s traffic. The airline’s combative approach to pricing is expected to drag down the deal’s value well below other recently sold airports such as Gatwick and Edinburgh. ”It’s a miracle they got three bids”, said one of the bidders. “The Ryanair risk is not for the fainthearted”. MAG is seen as the front-runner, and may be best at dealing with Ryanair from experience at its other UK airports.

Stansted airport attracts three $1.6 billion bids

By Anjuli Davies and Sophie Sassard

Jan 16, 2013 (Reuters)

London’s Stansted airport has attracted three final bids each worth about  £1 billion, three sources close to the matter said.

A deal would give its new owner access to Britain’s fourth largest airport, which flew 17.4 million passengers last year.

A predominantly leisure and holiday airport 50 km north east of London, it was put up for sale in August after Ferrovial-controlled BAA (FER.MC) was forced by Britain’s competition regulator to sell off assets and loosen its grip on the UK market.

Australia’s Macquarie (MQG.AX), Malaysia Airports Holdings (MAHB.KL) and Manchester Airports Group (MAG) with its Australian partner IFM are the final bidders, the people said.

“We are hopeful we’ll have a deal next week”, said one of the people who didn’t want to be named because the talks are private.

Private equity firm TPG and New Zealand investment manager Morrison & Co were previously interested in Stansted but did not submit bids.

Stansted was not seen as an easy deal to sell because low-cost Irish carrier Ryanair (RYA.I) accounts for about 70 percent of the airport’s traffic. The airline’s combative approach to pricing is expected to drag down the deal’s value well below other recently sold airports such as Gatwick and Edinburgh.

“It’s a miracle they got three bids”, said one of the people.

“It’s indicative of how difficult it is to invest in quality assets at the moment…. The ryanair risk is not for the fainthearted”.

MAG is seen as the frontrunner, given its sector expertise and financial firepower due to its partnership with IFM, which took a 35 percent stake the operator earlier this year.

Macquarie, which owns Sydney’s airport, also has expertise in buying airports, and Malaysia Airports has the financial firepower, a sector banker said.

“It’s all down to who will put the highest bid”, the banker said.

This banker did not expect Stansted to fetch similar multiples to Edinburgh Airport and Portugal‘s ANA, which were recently sold 16 times and 15 times earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA).

However, some analysts say Stansted could fetch up to £1.3 billion.

RBC Capital analyst Olivia Peters says Stansted could be sold for 95% of its regulated asset base (RAB) – around 1.28 billion pounds, or around 14.2 times its annual earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA).

Stansted’s owner Heathrow Airport Holdings, Macquarie and MAG declined to comment while Malaysia Airports could not be reached outside of office hours.

(Reporting by Anjuli Davies and Sophie Sassard; Editing by Steve Slater and Louise Heavens)

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/01/16/uk-stansted-sale-idUKBRE90F0TS20130116

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The Financial Times says:

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/9c3fd72c-600e-11e2-b657-00144feab49a.html#axzz2I9QsF1VC

January 16, 2013

The MAG consortium has been seen as a leading contender. MAG owns Manchester, East Midlands and Bournemouth airports. Under the terms of their partnership deal, Industry Funds Management will buy 35% of MAG’s equity and get half its voting rights if the pair win Stansted.

MAG might be better positioned than others to negotiate with Michael O’Leary, Ryanair’s chief executive, given its extensive dealings with the low-cost airline at its airports.

Regulated airports such as Stansted, which analysts say could fetch about £1bn, are a rare prize and appeal to investors looking for safe, inflation-pegged returns.

 

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Blog by John Stewart on Heathrow: “It’s the Politics, Stupid”

In a new  blog, John Stewart writes that it will be the politics – not economics, noise or climate change – that will determine where, if anywhere, new runways will be built.  Many politicians now understand this. Willie Walsh of BA understands it. But it appears that those still backing a 3rd – even a 4th – runway at Heathrow have not fully understood the extent of the political opposition. Across London almost three quarters of a million Londoners are affected by aircraft noise already. The extent of the opposition there would be, on noise grounds alone, if another runway affected hundreds of thousands more Londoners, would be immense.  That coalition that fought the 3rd runway plans is merely dormant, and it would come back – more confident than before with even more opposition.  It has provided inspiration to campaigners across Europe – from Munich to Siena – who are now seeing off their runway proposals.  The reality is that this opposition would make another Heathrow runway politically undeliverable.

‘It’s the Politics, Stupid’

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 Blog by John Stewart:  17th January 2013

Boris gets it. The London Assembly gets it. Former transport minister Steve Norris gets it. Some business people get it.  I think Heathrow Airport– BAA as was – gets it.  Maria Eagle, Labour’s shadow transport minister, gets it. Willie Walsh certainly gets it.

However, I came away from giving evidence to the London Assembly’s first-rate transport committee this week pretty sure that some of the people backing a third or even fourth runway at Heathrow don’t get it.

It is simple:  it will be politics – not economics, noise or climate change – that will determine where, if anywhere, new runways will be built.  I don’t mean that the decision will necessarily be narrowly party political; simply that it will based on a political assessment of how deliverable any proposal for a new runway actually is.

“It will be politics – not economics, noise or climate change – that will determine where, if anywhere, new runways will be built”.

Steve Norris has consistently argued that a third runway at Heathrow is politically undeliverable.  British Airways chief Willie Walsh has come to the same conclusion.  He is now planning his business on the basis that a third runway will not be built.  He is buying up Heathrow slots from other airlines and consolidating his Madrid base through his link up with Iberian airlines.

I think they are right.  The last Labour Government tried and failed to expand Heathrow.  It lost out to a vibrant, rainbow coalition of local residents, local authorities, MPs and peers from across the political spectrum, trade unionists and business people as well as large sections of the environmental movement including direct action activists –http://www.hacan.org.uk/resources/reports/how.the.heathrow.campaign.was.won.pdf.

That coalition is merely dormant.  It would come back.  It would come back more confident than before.  It now knows how to defeat a runway. Moreover, it knows it has provided inspiration to campaigners across Europe – from Munich to Siena – to see off their runway proposals.  This is the political reality that would face any party that tried to expand Heathrow.  Politicians are realists.  Not one would want to risk losing another 10 year battle, achieved nothing in the process.

“The vibrant campaign which saw off expansion at Heathrow last time round is likely to frighten off politicians from backing a 3rd runway.  That is the political reality.” 

And then there are the voters.  725,000 of them live under the Heathrow flight paths, according to EU statistics.  That, incredibly, is 28% of all the people disturbed by aircraft noise right across Europe.  That’s more people than live in Glasgow or Manchester.  A third runway, according to Department of Transport figures, would add at least another 150,000.

It is difficult to assess to what extent those organisations – think-tanks, businesses, trade unions – which back a third or fourth runway have thought through the political barriers to Heathrow expansion.  I suspect they instinctively feel that the Coalition’s decision to scrap a third runway and mixed-mode (more planes on the existing runways) was a one-off, an aberration, something David Cameron repents of in private.  George Osborne, they claim, is on their side.  The tide, they feel, is turning in their favour.  It is only a matter of time, they believe, before Sipson is flattened and normal service has been resumed.

That, I think, is to misunderstand the history of protest.  I was involved in the campaigns against road building in London in the late 1980s and early 1990s; road building plans that would have flattened dozens of communities.  The scale of the protests killed off major new roads as a solution to London’s traffic problems.  Equally, the national ‘anti-roads’ protests in the 1990s changed the course of UK transport policy.

The anti-expansion campaign at Heathrow over the last decade or so is likely to be equally significant.  It will frighten off any political party from supporting further expansion of the airport.  Boris knows his former constituents in Henley would be up in arms.  Maria Eagle, backed by her leader Ed Miliband, has made an astute political decision to oppose expansion. Heathrow Airport knows it has the fight of its life on its hands to get a new runway.  That is the political reality.  If George Osborne – or Ed Balls – doesn’t get it, they are in for a very noisy wake-up call.

http://hacan.org.uk/blog/?p=80

 

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….and there are links to John’s previous HACAN blogs

So, why don’t you move?                                                                                         http://hacan.org.uk/blog/?p=75

 

BA chief Willie Walsh comes out against a third runway                      http://hacan.org.uk/blog/?p=71

 

Justine Greening would have approved                                                        http://hacan.org.uk/blog/?p=65

 

Is air pollution the biggest obstacle to a third runway at Heathrow?  http://hacan.org.uk/blog/?p=59

 

The Head of Justine Greening on a Platter                                                                http://hacan.org.uk/blog/?p=55

 

Why I’m backing Justine….and Maria                                                                 http://hacan.org.uk/blog/?p=51

and more

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Outline planning application for Manchester Airport City Enterprise Zone approved

Following on from the approval given to the £100m World Logistics Hub at Manchester Airport in November, outline plans for a 2nd major development, Airport City North, went out to public consultation that started in November and closed on 20th December. The plans went the Wythenshawe Area Planning Committee and were then approved by the Manchester City Council Planning and Highways Committee meeting on 17th January. It is intended that the 65-acre site will become a ‘Major International Business Park’, or “Airport City”, containing 4182 car parking spaces, 1293 hotel rooms, manufacturing, offices and retail space.  The World Logistics Hub is just part of the project. Others are MedCity with the University Hospital South Manchester Foundation Trust. There are huge claims of some 11,400 jobs to be created at Airport City which will include offices, hotels and factories.  However, in reality, many of these jobs transfer from elsewhere.

 

17 January 2013

Manchester Airport business park approved

How Airport City will look
Developers say Airport City Manchester will create 11,400 jobs
  • 17.1.2013 (BBC)

Councillors in Manchester have approved plans for a £650m business park at Manchester Airport.

Almost 11,500 jobs could be created at Airport City Manchester, which will include offices, hotels and factories.

The development will be on 65 acres of scrub land near the M56 and Woodhouse Park in Wythenshawe.

Developer MAG hopes the scheme will attract inward investment to the Wythenshawe area.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-21065385

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Initial construction and enabling works for the creation of the new road will commence in March 2013.

A new Metrolink extension through Wythenshawe is under construction and will link Airport City to Greater Manchester’s successful tram network by 2016.

A new landscaped ‘green bridge’ will connect the new ‘mini-city’ to the Airport and its public transport interchange, making the site one of the most accessible in the region.

from Mancunian Matters

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Green light for Manchester Airport business district

By Jamie Carpenter

18 January 2013 (Planning)

An application to build a new business district on a 26-hectare site within Manchester’s government-designated Airport City enterprise zone has been granted outline planning permission.

Manchester City Council’s planning and highways committee yesterday gave the go-ahead to airport operator Manchester Airport Group’s application, which was submitted before Christmas.

The scheme is intended to involve the creation of 113,400 square metres of office space, 49,000 square metres of industrial space, and 5,800 square metres of retail, leisure and community facilities.

The scheme, sited on the edge of the Wythenshawe area of the city, is also intended to provide 1,293 hotel beds, 4,182 car parking spaces and 547 cycle spaces, according to a report to the council’s planning and highways committee.

The application is in the north section of the wider 60.7-hectare Airport City development and would be located to the north of the airport’s runways, railway station and terminals. The majority of the site currently consists of two areas of long stay airport car parking.

John Atkins, MAG’s Airport City director, said: “The planning approval is a major milestone, underlining the progress made in the last 12 months and enables us to progress to the delivery stage in 2013, driving forward opportunities to attract investment and create jobs.”

Manchester Airport was confirmed as one of the coalition government’s first four “vanguard” enterprise zones in March 2011. The zones provide streamlined planning rules and tax breaks for businesses.

http://www.planningresource.co.uk/news/1167396/green-light-manchester-airport-business-district/

 

 

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Outline planning application consultation till 20th December on Manchester Airport City Enterprise Zone

The Manchester Airport City Enterprise Zone is a string of linked sites focused around Manchester Airport, Wythenshawe Centre and University Hospital South Manchester Foundation Trust.

Second major development planned at Manchester Airport

By Sonia Mitchell -

 4th December, 2012  ( Wilmslow.co.uk – a community website)

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Following on from the approval given to the £100m World Logistics Hub at Manchester Airport last month, plans for a second major development, Airport City North, are now at the public consultation stage.

Residents have until Thursday 20th December to submit their comments, when the plans go before the Wythenshawe Area Planning Committee. They will then go to the Manchester City Council Planning and Highways Committee meeting on 17th January (tbc) for the final decision.

It is intended that the 65-acre site will become a ‘Major International Business Park’, containing 4182 car parking spaces, 1293 hotel rooms, manufacturing, offices and retail space. The southern boundary of the site is formed by the M56 spur, Ringway Road West and Outwood Lane West. The northern boundary is bordered by residential properties. Painswick Park and the Little Flyers Nursery are located along the north western boundary on the west side of Thorley Lane, north of the M56 spur. Manchester Business Park lies to the east.

The affected area includes Woodhouse Park, currently used as a recreational space, and will involve the loss of species-rich hedgerows and extensive areas of scrub and woodland used by a range of breeding birds and bats.

The plans (application no. 100831) are available on Manchester City Council’s Planning website, and comments should be made to Planning Officer Dave Lawless by email ond.lawless@manchester.gov.uk.

This is a member post by Sonia Mitchell.

Original article at:

http://www.wilmslow.co.uk/news/article/7589/opinion-second-major-development-planned-at-manchester-airport

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Outline planning application for Airport City North.  

Application No. 100831

This is the proposal, from the Manchester Airports Group Planning Statement. October 2012

 All the planning application documents can be seen on the Manchester City Council website at   http://www.publicaccess.manchester.gov.uk/associateddocs/MCCList1.aspx?100831/OO/2012/S2

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Location maps

The map showing the location of the Airport City, as it is today, is at  http://www.publicaccess.manchester.gov.uk/associateddocs/selecteddoc.aspx?100831-eia-0006.pdf

The map showing what the Airport City development would look like is at  http://www.publicaccess.manchester.gov.uk/associateddocs/selecteddoc.aspx?100831-dpp-0001.pdf

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About the Manchester Airport Enterprise Zone

from the MAG website at  http://www.manchesterairportez.co.uk/about-the-enterprise-zone

Enterprise Zone

The MAG website says:

“On 24th March 2011, Manchester Airport was confirmed as the location of one of the UK Government’s new “Enterprise Zones”, with an emphasis placed on offering incentives to businesses to locate and expand in these targeted areas, in order to create new jobs and stimulate economic growth.

“The Enterprise Zone is expected to benefit from a business rate discount worth up to £275,000 per eligible business over a five year period. For a period of at least 25 years, all business rate revenue within the zone will be shared and retained by the local area, to ensure that funds from the Enterprise Zone are reinvested locally. The Enterprise Zone will also benefit from a simplified planning application approach and super-fast broadband, achieved through guaranteeing a highly supportive regulatory environment.

“The Enterprise Zone located at Manchester Airport, will centre on and around the development of the UK’s only ‘Airport City’ project, which will be a high quality, mixed-use commercial community that makes full use of its location at a major transport interchange with access to rail, Metrolink, bus and road networks, as well as national and international air travel. The first phase of the development is located on land between the airport and Wythenshawe, to the north of the airport’s ground transport interchange and terminal buildings.

“On 6th April 2011, the Manchester City Council Executive endorsed the proposals for the Manchester Airport City Enterprise Zone – and Manchester Airports Group (MAG) will now be working alongside local authorities and other stakeholders to bring forward proposals for a definitive boundary and the required governance arrangements for the Zone as soon as possible.”

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This is a map of the components of the “Manchester Airport City Enterprise Zone”
Enterprise Zone Map
http://www.manchesterairportez.co.uk/components
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£659m ‘Airport City’ planned for the Manchester Airport Enterprise Zone

? January 2012 ?

Chancellor George Osborne has unveiled plans for a £659m ‘Airport City’ – the first of its kind in the UK – at the heart of the Manchester Airport Enterprise Zone, designated last year.

The 150-acre regeneration scheme involves the provision of some 5 million sq ft of new development. The detailed ‘stage two’ master plan for Airport City, just revealed, proposes the creation of two core Airport City zones. The first is a development area next to the airport’s existing railway station and north of the M56, which will focus on hotel, office, retail and advanced manufacturing uses – while a second area adjacent to the existing cargo centre at Junction 6 of the M56, will focus on freight and logistics.

In total, over the next 12-15 years, Airport City plans to deliver some 1.5m sq ft of offices; 650,000 sq ft advanced manufacturing floor space; up to 100,000 sq ft of retail and leisure; around 2,500 hotel beds and some 1.4m sq ft of logistics and warehousing floor space.

The main central business district of Airport City to the north of the M56 will be linked to the airport terminals by a series of wide, landscaped ‘green bridges’ based on New York’s elevated urban park, the Highline. This will ensure that every part of the northern Airport City zone is within an eight-minute walk from the airport’s coach, bus and rail hub.

A landscaped ‘Central Park’ area more than 800m long, featuring a number of pavilions and a large-scale event space, will form the centrepiece of Airport City, along with traditional elements of a conventional city centre: shops, coffee houses, bars and restaurants.

Manchester Airports Group is currently preparing to undertake the first stage delivery of the project. This will focus on key road elements, landscaping, infrastructure and utility provision.

http://www.rudi.net/node/22794

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CPRE report 

In 2011, CPRE North West did a detailed report (69 pages)on the plans for the Airport City. This can be seen at http://www.cprelancashire.org.uk/uploads/reports/MAEZ%20MTRU%20print%20july.pdf

It also looks at other “Airport Cities” elsewhere.

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Manchester’s £650m Airport City master plan unveiled

January 12, 2012

Chancellor George Osborne was today unveiling the blueprint, which for the first time maps out exactly how the scheme, granted enterprise zone status by the government, will take shape.

The project, set to create up to 21,000 jobs, will be split into two zones, the first of which will be made-up of 1.85m sq ft of hotel, office, retail and advanced manufacturing space, all next to Manchester Airport’s existing train station.

The second will focus on freight and logistics uses and will be created next to the airport’s existing cargo centre, by junction six of the M56.

Bosses at MAG Developments,Manchester Airports Group’s property arm, are set to submit a planning application within weeks for the scheme’s main link road, with work set to start by spring and due for completion in 12-15 months.

MAG is also gearing up to carry out vital infrastructure work, such as landscaping, utility provision and the installation of high-speed broadband, all of which it will fund itself. That work will take up to three years to complete but will done in a way that allows individual office blocks and hotels to be built during the process.

Airport City director John Atkins told the M.E.N he expects work to start on some of these units by the end of next year, with MAG having received hundreds of inquiries from global businesses looking to move into the development.

Of those, 60 are considered to be “potential occupiers,” with advanced discussions already under way with potential tenants in the freight forwarding, aviation, leisure and advanced manufacturing sectors.

Manchester Airports Group chief executive Charlie Cornish said: “Airport City is a concept we have been developing for a number of years and we are now at a critical stage in the project’s life as we bring it to the market and commence phase one.

“We were enthused by the government’s recognition of Airport City’s potential when it was named as the focal point of their new enterprise zone, as we feel that this project presents a generational opportunity not only for the wider region, but nationally in order to attract new investment to the UK during the economic downturn.”

When the 150-acre Airport City is complete, there will be 1.5m sq ft of offices, 650,000 sq ft of advanced manufacturing space, up to 100,000sq ft of retail and leisure units, around 2,400 new hotel beds and 1.4m sq ft of logistics and warehousing units.

Next month, MAG will launch the search for a developer, a process which will run for six months.

Another key feature will be a landscaped 800m-long “Central Park” style public realm, with elements similar to those found in a city centre, such as shops, coffee houses, bars and restaurants. There will also be a large event space and a series of pavilions.

The whole plot will have a “central business district,” linked to the airport terminals and its new Metrolink station by a series of “green bridges”, modelled on those found in New York’s elevated urban park the Highline.

That will mean every part of the northern section of Airport City is within an eight-minute walk from the airport’s coach, bus and rail hub.

Manchester city council leader Sir Richard Leese said: “Airport City will fill the gap in the market that currently exists for a high quality and well-connected environment for businesses that need access to a major British city and to a global marketplace.

“Airport City will provide an innovative and complementary offer to Greater Manchester’s existing assets, rather than competing against them, adding new capacity to the city’s existing dynamic economy. Manchester is well-placed with an international offer based on established academic research and technology, innovative businesses, communications and transport infrastructure.”

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Approval granted for £100m Manchester Airport logistics hub covering 91 acres

November 25, 2012     Manchester Airport’s parent group MAG’s outline planning application has been approved for a 91.2 acres, £100 million world logistics hub in the southern part of Greater Manchester’s Airport City Enterprise Zone. The development will create 1.2 to 1.4 million sq ft of new logistics space. The airport hopes it will attract new international businesses and help existing airport businesses to expand, generating economic growth and – they claim” “over 1,800 new jobs” (in reality, many of those jobs are transferred from elsewhere). Some of the site will have new landscaping and natural habitats. Construction could begin by the end of the year. On 25th October, the local Wythenshawe Area Committee recommended the application for approval. Local opponents worry that it will result in serious loss of amenity, environmental damage for local people, and have serious consequences on local biodiversity and ecology.   Click here to view full story.

Protest wildlife walk against the proposed World Logistics Hub at Manchester airport

November 4, 2012      On Saturday 3rd November around 100 local residents and campaigners took part in a protest walk against the proposed £100m World Logistics Hub at Manchester Airport. The protesters braved the cold to take a route around the 90 acre former greenbelt site, which is threatened by the plans to build 43 cargo sheds and almost 1,500 car parking spaces. Local residents, wildlife enthusiasts and environmental campaigners spoke at various points along the walk, sharing their experiences of fighting Manchester Airport expansion and highlighting the numerous ways that the plans would affect local people and the environment. The Wildlife Walk came the week after the Wythenshawe Area Committee ‘recommended for approval’ the World Logistics Hub plans, on the 25th October. The application will now be sent to the Planning and Highways Committee at Manchester City Council for a final decision on 22nd November 2012. Campaigners argue that job creation figures proposed by the airport are inflated.    Click here to view full story…

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Berlin Airport CEO Rainer Schwarz “dismissed” as opening delayed indefinitely

Berlin Brandenburg Airport’s CEO Rainer Schwarz has been dismissed from his role “with immediate effect”.  He has been CEO since 2006. The opening of the airport is now delayed indefinitely, with no date given. This has caused great embarrassment for Berlin’s authorities.  Originally due to open in June 2012, this date was first delayed until March 17, 2013, when problems with the airport’s fire safety systems were discovered. In October 2012 it was announced that the opening would be October 27, 2013. But now fire problems are still on-going and October is no longer realistic, and even setting a new date is at least several months away. At its meeting on January 16, the board and appointed as its new chairman, Matthias Platzeck, Prime Minister of the State of Brandenburg. He will succeed Klaus Wowereit, mayor of Berlin, who held this position since 2001.  The board said that in future a triumvirate would head the company.

Berlin Airport CEO Rainer Schwarz “dismissed”

17 Jan 2013  ( Global Airport Cities.com)
by Dominic Welling

Berlin Brandenburg Airport’s CEO Rainer Schwarz has been dismissed from his role “with immediate effect”, the gateway’s supervisory board has announced.

Schwarz, has been CEO and commercial director of the gateway since 2006.

The news comes in the wake of the third delay to the opening of the long-awaited Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt Airport (BER), which has been the source of some embarrassment for Germany’s capital city.

Originally due to open in June 2012, this date was first delayed until March 17, 2013, when problems with the airport’s fire safety systems were discovered.

In October last year, however, it was announced that the proposed opening date was to be rescheduled once more to October 27, 2013.

But just last week it was announced that the fire problems were still on-going and that this date was no longer realistic.

In it’s latest announcement, the gateway said that there was “no point” in setting a new opening date at the moment as a review of the problems could “take some months”.

At its meeting on January 16, the board dismissed Rainer Schwarz from his position as the gateway’s CEO and also appointed its new chairman, Matthias Platzeck, Prime Minister of the State of Brandenburg.

He will succeed Klaus Wowereit, mayor of Berlin, who held this position since 2001.

The board said that in future a triumvirate would head the company.

Platzeck announced that interviews would be held soon with candidates for the positions of CEO and chief financial officer to complete the executive board.

He said: “The Supervisory Board meeting today demonstrated the common will of the three shareholders, the German government, Berlin and Brandenburg, to haul the company back out of the deep water it is currently in: We are all pulling together.

“Over the coming months, we aim to put complete our appraisal of the situation at Berlin Brandenburg Airport, the most important project for the future of eastern Germany, so that we can then establish a realistic and reliable schedule for the successful completion of all outstanding work on the airport through to its opening.

“To this end, the Supervisory Board will be called upon to make some tough decisions and to exercise tighter control of the company. At today’s Supervisory Board meeting, we have now taken the first steps to realign the company and BER.”

Platzeck added that there was no point in setting a date for the opening of the airport at the moment.

He said: “Chief Operating Officer Horst Amann first needs to perform an in-depth analysis of the problems before he can name a date. This is going to take some months.”

http://www.globalairportcities.com/page.cfm/Action=Library/libID=1/listID=10/libEntryID=901

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More BA routes from Heathrow …. to key business destinations …. Palma and Ibiza

Anyone reading the statements from Heathrow about the capacity crisis and how there is a need for more flights to the emerging markets might be puzzled by recent news from British Airways. Back in February 2012 Willie Walsh said he planned to expand IAG  into lucrative emerging markets, such as Latin America and he hoped to use the extra Heathrow take-off and landing-slots from BMI to accelerate growth into emerging markets. But BA has now announced that it is putting on new flights from Heathrow to Palma (Majorca) from March, and to Ibiza. These are in addition to Mexico and Alicante, as well as  Bologna and Marseilles announced earlier.  There are also new flights to Leeds Bradford (and a mention of links for business connnections) and a new flight to Chengdu in China, announced earlier, as well as Almaty (Kazakhstan), Dublin, and Seoul among others, where there is likely to be a business component.  It is hard to believe there is much business benefit from weekend flights to Alicante or Palma or Ibiza.

 

MORE CHANGES TO BRITISH AIRWAYS FLIGHTS THIS SUMMER

17.1.2013 (British Airways press release)
British Airways is set to make a number of changes to its summer 2013 schedule (from March 31) including a new route, terminal changes and frequency increases.

The airline will start weekend services* from Heathrow to Ibiza from April 27 thanks to the popularity of the services the airline already operates to the White Isle from both London City and Gatwick airports. The flights are on sale now from £66 one-way.

This is in addition to new Spanish flights from Heathrow to Palma (starting March 31) and from Gatwick to Lanzarote (starting March 31) and Tenerife (starting March 29). Prices to Tenerife and Lanzarote start from £83 one-way return and to Palma from £99 one-way.

The airline will also move its new Heathrow flights to Leeds Bradford and
Zagreb from Terminal 1 to Terminal 5.

The Leeds flights will also be re-timed to better suit business travellers
with earlier morning departures in both directions**. [ A mention of business at last ! not merely holiday destinations ].

From the start of the summer programme on March 31 the schedule from Leeds Bradford will be reduced from four to three flights a day, with the lunchtime and early afternoon slots combined. However, the move to T5 and the new timings will benefit both business and leisure travellers who will be able to easily connect with some of the important long-haul and European destinations.

The winter schedules to Dublin and Tripoli will continue into the summer offering up to 53 flights per week to the Republic of Ireland’s capital and three flights a week to Libya’s.

Travellers booking a shorthaul fare with British Airways can take advantage of the airline’s hand luggage allowance and carry on a good-sized suitcase (56cm x 45cm x 25cm) with no weight limit, plus a handbag or laptop bag as well as checking in a bag weighing up to 23kgs.

The airline also offers customers allocated seating in advance, priority boarding for families, complimentary food and drink, flights to convenient airports, high levels of customer service and a frequent flyer programme that rewards them with Avios and tier points.

On the airline’s longhaul network, Almaty [Kazakhstan] will receive a non-stop service from April 2, 2013. The route will also be moved from Terminal 1 to Terminal 5 and benefit from the introduction of a three-class aircraft.  Customers will now be able to select the World Traveller Plus cabin, as well as Club World or World Traveller.

As previously announced, British Airways is also due to start flights from Gatwick to Sri Lanka from March 31 with prices starting from £604 return, and flights from Heathrow to Chengdu in China from September 22 with prices starting from £742 return.
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January 17, 2013

* The Heathrow – Ibiza flights will fly on Saturdays and Sundays. The Saturday flights will depart from Heathrow at 11.20am, arriving at 2.45pm, then return at 3.30pm arriving at 5pm. The Sunday flights will depart Heathrow 7.05am, arriving at 10.30am and the return flight will depart at 11.15am and arriving at 12.45pm.
** The Heathrow – Leeds Bradford flights will now depart from Terminal 5 at 7.55am, 12.35pm and 7.30pm rather than from Terminal 1 at 9.40am, 2.10pm and 6.55pm. The Leeds – Heathrow flights now depart at 9.30am, 3.05pm and 9.15pm, rather than 11.35am, 4.05pm and 9pm.

 http://press.ba.com/

 

Comment from an AirportWatch member:

In view of the comments on the benefits of transferring the Leeds flights from Terminal 1 to Terminal 5, might we consider the disbenefits of having to transfer from Terminal 6 to other terminals if another runway got built. ( I’m sure there is lots of business demand for weekend traffic to Ibiza.)

 

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Contrast this with Willie Walsh’s statement last year:

IAG’s Willie Walsh targets emerging markets

Willie Walsh’s plans to expand International Airlines Group (IAG) into lucrative emerging markets, such as Latin America, will dominate the carrier’s annual results this week as it announces a doubling of operating profits.

The group, owner of British Airways and Spanish carrier Iberia, hopes to use the extra Heathrow take-off and landing-slots that will be gained through its proposed BMI takeover to accelerate growth into emerging markets.

……. and so on …. (Telegraph 25.2.2012) at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/transport/9105918/IAGs-Willie-Walsh-targets-emerging-markets.html

 

 


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Earlier:

Heathrow finds space for new flights to Mexico – and Alicante

October 19, 2012     The Telegraph writes that it has taken Aeromexico four years to get some slots at Heathrow, and makes out that this is because Heathrow is full etc etc. There are already 4 flights per week to Mexico, and these new flights will bring the total number to 7 per week. The Telegraph compares this to Paris with 14 and Madrid with 19. In reality, due to the BA link with Iberia, there are relatively few flights from Heathrow to south America, as they go via Madrid. Looking at Heathrow’s website, and its new destinations, one could be forgiven for thinking the airport is only looking to attract tourists, as all its publicity about new destinations is about their tourism potential, and delightful things to go and see and experience. Not one word about their business potential, or the chances for business to drive UK exports. And Heathrow has found room for as many new flights per week to Alicante as there will be to Mexico. Driving UK exports via Alicante ? Really?    Click here to view full story…

 

Comment from an AirportWatch member:

It is not that airlines cannot get slots at Heathrow.  It may be the case that they cannot get slots at the time they want, but they could have other slots, when the airport is less busy. This is, however, not the way this issue is either described by the industry, or reported in the media.  The journalists probably don’t know the details.

 

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BA uses its new BMI slots at Heathrow, not for emerging economies, but largely leisure destinations. As usual.

June 27, 2012    BA got 42 daily Heathrow slots from taking over BMI. And it said very publicly, in March, that it would be using these to fly to the emerging economies – Asia, Africa and Latin America – which is part of the myth that the aviation industry is peddling at present. So what are the slots actually being used for? One flight per day to Seoul. The rest are domestic UK (Aberdeen Edinburgh, Belfast, Manchester), or Zagreb, Las Vegas, Barcelona, Bologna, Marseilles, Phoenix, Zurich and Bologna. So that is where the money is. So much for the desperate need for slots to fly to second tier Chinese cities. This really proves what a lot of misleading PR is being put out by BAA and the airlines at Heathrow.  Click here to view full story…

 

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IAG signs non-binding MOU with Ryanair for some 19 Heathrow slot pairs belonging to Aer Lingus

December 15, 2012     Ryanair, which owns 29.8% percent of Aer Lingus, in June renewed its effort to buy the rest of Aer Lingus, to boost its Irish operations. The EU blocked a previous takeover attempt 5 years ago, saying it would create a monopoly for Irish flights. Now IAG has signed a non-binding agreement to buy landing slots at Heathrow airport from Ryanair as part of its takeover bid for Aer Lingus. This is subject to EC approval, and Ryanair hopes the sale of the slots will help its bid to buy Aer Lingus. Ryanair proposed selling more than 85 % of Aer Lingus’s Heathrow slots and the FT says Ryanair has reached agreement with BA. Aer Lingus already has 23 daily slot pairs at Heathrow, which amounts to 3.5% of the total. It currently flies to Heathrow from Dublin, Cork, Shannon and Belfast. It recently tried – but failed – to get some of the 14 pairs of slots that had been owned by BMI. Let’s see if BA uses its new slots for flights to the emerging markets – or just more lucrative tourist routes.    Click here to view full story…

 

 

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