Airport News

Below are news items relating to specific airports

 

The great Heathrow con. The British public have been led to believe the third runway is essential. That’s untrue

At one stroke we are looking at a con, perhaps the greatest ever perpetrated on the British people by the DfT. For BAA itself is telling us that 28 million more people could use Heathrow without a new runway and without breaking the cap on flights. "Heathrow is full". Those three little words send sober people into paroxysms. (Comment - The Times)

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Southend airport up for sale

The owners of London Southend airport have put the business up for sale, in the search for investors to finance its £35m development as a 6th airport for the UK capital. Regional Airports (RAL), which owns both Southend and Biggin Hill airports, has plans for development in time for the Olympics in 2012. (Financial Times)

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London City Airport – Fight the Flights campaign launch at public meeting

The first 'Fight the Flights' Communities Meeting will be held on Wednesday 6th February, in West Silvertown. The new group - a coalition of local resident campaigners from the boroughs affected - are concerned by the airport's expansion plans. The meeting will be an opportunity to find out what the proposed increase in flights will mean locally. (Fight the Flights)

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Heathrow – Legal threat to airport plan

Government proposals for a 3rd runway at Heathrow airport are facing a possible legal challenge that could jeopardise the multi-billion-pound plan. Residents living under the flight path, local councils and environmental groups are consulting lawyers - and Greenpeace is also seeking a judicial review.They believe there are strong grounds for arguing that the DfT consultation process is so flawed that it is not valid. (Times)

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Heathrow’s Terminal 5 – BBC London asks the public what they think

After five and a half years of construction work Heathrow's new Terminal 5 is getting ready to open on 27 March 2008. BBC London toured the building, report about it in detail - and ask the public for their comments. (BBC London)

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London City airport – Mayor set for a dogfight over City airport

Ken Livingstone is on collision course with the big employers at Canary Wharf and in the City over his plans for London City airport. Stuart Popham, senior partner in Clifford Chance, which is at the Wharf, [has sent a letter to Ken] requesting a meeting to discuss his "apparent opposition to the continuing success of London City airport". (Times, City Diary)

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Oxford Airport commences work on new private aviation terminal

Oxford Airport has started work on a brand new, first class business aviation terminal to cater for private jet crew and passengers. Scheduled for completion in June this year, the new facility will triple the space of the existing general aviation terminal. (Asia Travel Tips)

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Inverness – Airport does not need permission to open 24 hours a day

Inverness Airport could open to flights 24 hours a day without seeking permission from Highland Council, it emerged yesterday. The council's planning, environment and development committee was told that independent legal advice confirmed that Highlands and Islands Airports were not obliged to seek planning permission for the move. (This is North Scotland)

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Carlisle Airport plans get county council support

Plans to revamp Carlisle Airport, including the construction of a new terminal, have won unanimous backing from Cumbria County councillors. However, Carlisle City Council have the final say on the plans, which have yet to be approved.

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Stansted – BAA fine tuning application for second runway

BAA is honing the finer details of an official submission of its blueprint for a second runway. The definitive decision on its G1 expansion proposals is expected soon, and it is expected to give the green light for Stansted to scale up to new record highs in passenger numbers. Regardless of that outcome, BAA will submit its G2 second runway plans. (Business Weekly)

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