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Heathrow Airport – Possible Winner of the Expansion Battle

There are rumors that The Airports Commission may have declared Heathrow the winner in the expansion battle between Gatwick and Heathrow. In the wake of this rumor, here is all that’s going on.

“Labour has dropped its support for a third runway at Heathrow in a move that risks another split among Jeremy Corbyn’s new shadow cabinet.”

“The party had backed the recommendation in the summer by Sir Howard Davies, provided noise and air pollution conditions were met. The move had wrong-footed David Cameron, who faces a split over the issue within his party and is yet to rule on whether to back Heathrow expansion.”

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“The Airports Commission, chaired by Sir Howard Davies, is the latest to examine this most tricky of transport questions and – to no great surprise – has recommended that existing hub
Heathrow should build a third runway to meet the country’s aviation needs by 2030. But will Heathrow get to build a new runway? The outcome is still far from certain, particularly when you consider that the last full-length civilian runway to open in the south-east was in 1946 when Heathrow, then known as London airport, was first converted from a military airfield.”

“Previous attempts to increase runway capacity around London have failed to win the day politically, and it’s in this arena where the issue could flounder again. After all, it’s only five years since the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition cancelled the previous Labour government’s approval of a third runway at Heathrow.”

“The Airports Commission was set up by the government in 2012 and finally issued its recommendation in July, just weeks after the general election, for a new full-length 3,500-metre runway at Heathrow to be built to the north-west of the airport’s existing two runways.”

“This proposal was recommended by the commission in preference to a second runway at Gatwick. A new Thames estuary airport, as proposed by London mayor Boris Johnson, had earlier been dismissed as being too expensive.”

“Heathrow has estimated that the runway, expected to cost £18.6 billion, could be completed between 2025 and 2029, while the commission says it “could be delivered” by 2026. Many believe this is an optimistic timescale given the strong opposition to the project.”

Heathrow will be requiring more business is all the respective facilitation services by the end of this timeline. Upon the completion of this runway apt Heathrow Parking services will be required for the millions of new passengers passing from Heathrow.

Source: BuyingBusinessTravel

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  Posted by Hannah Reed on Tue, Sep 29, 2015

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