Airport News

Below are news items relating to specific airports

 

City Airport – London Development Agency look at alternatives to City Airport

The LDA has started to look at alternative uses for the land needed for the expansion of London City Airport and for a ‘post airport scenario’. The announcement came in response to a question from Darren Johnson, a Green Party member of the London Assembly, who is opposing the plans for expansion on environmental and economic grounds. (Darren Johnson press release)

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Full length third runway at Heathrow ‘another broken promise from BAA’

Campaigners fighting the expansion of Heathrow Airport say the local area would be devastated if rumours that the proposed new runway could be double the length originally proposed are true. Airport operator, BAA are reportedly planning to get Government ministers to agree to a 4,000 metre runway, which is twice the length stated in a 2003 white paper. John Stewart, Chairman of HACAN Clearskies, the anti-noise group, said: 'The impact locally would be devastating." (UK Airport New)

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Another broken promise from BAA – longer Heathrow runway

Campaigners fighting the expansion of Heathrow Airport say the local area would be devastated if rumours that the proposed new runway could be double the length originally proposed are true. BAA are reportedly planning to get Government ministers to agree to a 4,000 metre runway, which is twice the length stated in a 2003 white paper. (Ealing Times)

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Frankfurt protesters

The biofuels bandwagon may be running out of gas with soaring costs for feedstocks like wheat and palm oil prompting producers to shelve planned plants and cut output at existing facilities. (Reuters)

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Major flaws exposed in County Council case for Newquay Airport

The first independent report into the future of Newquay Airport has exposed major flaws in Cornwall County Council's plans for expansion. It was personally delivered to the chief executive and leader of CCC on Wednesday 3rd October 2007. Groundswell Cornwall ommissioned the report to test the County Council's claims that Cornwall's future development can only be secured by turning the regional airport into an international gateway. (Groundswell)

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Fears over London City Airport plans

Residents in Tower Hamlets are concerned about plans by London City Airport to increase the number of flights it handles by 50% over the next 3 years. The airport has applied to Newham Council to raise the annual number from 80,000 to 120,000. Tower Hamlets Council has outlined its concerns about the plans to Newham Council, which include air pollution, aircraft noise, climate change and traffic related pollution. (Eastend Life)

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Newquay – German airline Lufthansa to start flights

Newquay airport in Cornwall has announced plans to begin flights to and from Germany from next summer. The German airline Lufthansa will begin a weekly service during the summer months linking Newquay airport with Dusseldorf from June 2008. (BBC)

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Heathrow – BAA details timetable for Airtrack rail application

Airport operator BAA has announced that it will launch a public consultation on the Airtrack rail scheme once preliminary technical and environmental assessments have been completed. Airtrack is a proposal to create a new rail link between Heathrow and the National Rail network to the south west of the airport. The first stage of the consultation is likely to be in early 2008. (Transport Briefing)

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Climate Change conveniently drops off agenda at Birmingham Airport

As Birmingham International Airport release their interim statement, the small issue they try to step over is of course Climate Change. In presentations they skip over it, while in their press release they indicate that they will "consider Climate Change". (FoE West Midlands press release)

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Birmingham runway is cancelled, but residents can’t sleep easy yet

Birmingham Airport anti-Noise Group (BANG) has welcomed the announcement by Birmingham International Airport (BIA) Ltd that the proposed new 2nd runway had been dropped from the airport company's forthcoming development master plan. But they say local people living in the shadow of the airport should not be misled by claims that the plan to extend the existing runway by 2012 represents an environmentally friendly alternative. (BANG press release)

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