BA chief puts case for third Heathrow runway
rejection of the project to build a third runway at Heathrow would leave Britain
without a hub airport to match rivals in Europe and the Middle East for a generation.
by inadequate air links for 30 years.
has previously expressed firm support, but the aviation industry has become anxious
about the growing political opposition.
and the government is facing increasing resistance from within Labour ranks.
by inadequate air links for 30 years if plans for a third runway at Heathrow are
runway next month.
to match the capacity of rivals in Europe and the Middle East for at least a generation.
Charles de Gaulle have increased, Heathrow’s has declined by 20%.
is well under way of a six-runway, 24-hour hub which its planners want to become
the key link between aviation’s biggest market, North America, and its fastest-growing,
Asia. Flights would bypass Europe completely."
Walsh said: "We are not good at infrastructure planning in this country. Projects
often take decades from conception to execution.
are not over the starting line.
opened. If the runway is turned down, it will be many years before the proposal
is revived – and then the whole process would have to start from scratch."
to the east of London.
progress further," claimed Walsh.
is lost, the UK will suffer the consequences for at least 30 years.
of the UK economy, to further relative decline."
it is that we live in a global economy. No region of the world is economically
immune from developments in other regions.
of high-quality worldwide connectivity that is essential for success in a globalised
other major European countries have raced ahead, investing in hub airport capacity
to provide the geographic network businesses need as the global economy develops
safeguards to reduce or neutralise the impacts on noise, local air quality and
of immense strategic importance for the future of the UK.
a big decision for the long-term, and it will be a statement about those who make
20 November 2008, 11:24:29 GMT
Wille Walsh Heathrow Expansion
Wille Walsh and Heathrow Expansion. Wille, you could not handle the opening of
BA’s T5 let alone Heathrow’s expansion.