BAA calls for long runway at Heathrow
expected launch next month of a consultation document on expansion of the London
airport. The move represents a switch for BAA, which has in the past advocated
only a short extra runway, suitable for the small aircraft used on short-haul
runway would allow more flights by larger, long-haul aircraft. BAA declined to
comment, but industry sources confirmed the change in policy. The government
is expected to publish a consultation document on the expansion of Heathrow next
month. This will cover proposals for more flights on the airport’s two present
runways, and for a third runway. Both plans are expected to be bitterly opposed
by local residents and environmental groups.
transport issued four years ago. It said that while there was an economic case
for expanding Heathrow, it could not proceed until local air-pollution issues
were addressed. Stansted was chosen as the location for the southeast’s first
World Duty Free, its airport retail business.