Saturday, July 20, 2024

Issues need resolving before Heathrow expansion can be approved

A third runway at Heathrow Airport has been endorsed by the Transport Select Committee but only if it resolves issues including noise, costs and regional connectivity. The Airports Commission approved a third runway to the northwest at Heathrow in July 2015 and the Prime Minister, Theresa May gave the scheme the green light in October […]

UK government approves Heathrow Airport third runway

Heathrow Airport has received approval for expansion by a committee of UK government ministers, with parliamentary approval expected by the end of next year. Members of parliament are unlikely to vote on the decision until the winter of 2017-18 and then there are likely to be legal and political challenges. The Government appointed Airports Commission chaired […]

FTA: Dover and Europe to benefit if Heathrow is not expanded

The port of Dover will benefit if a decision is not made on expanding UK runway capacity, as freight will travel to European airports, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) warns. The UK government is expected to make a decision on whether it supports expanding either Heathrow Airport or Gatwick Airport though a final decision may […]

Heathrow third runway essential following Brexit vote

Following the UK’s vote to leave the European Union (EU), Heathrow Airport head of cargo, Nick Platts insists trading links to growing markets are now more essential than ever, further strengthening the case for a third runway, writes James Muir. Platts says the result of the EU referendum has not had a noticeable impact on […]

Long haul growth helps Gatwick’s cargo volumes recover

Gatwick Airport’s cargo volumes continue to recover after a weak 2015 with a year-on-year increase of 17.4 per cent to 6,608 tonnes. The hub, located to the South of London, had a difficult year in 2015, with September 2015 alone posting a 21.5 per cent fall to 5,627 tonnes. The airport says the recovery has […]

Gatwick submits fresh evidence to UK Government

Gatwick Airport has submitted new evidence to support its case for a second runway – to members of the UK Government’s Government’s Economy and Industrial Strategy (Airports) sub-Committee. As the sub-Committee starts to consider where to expand aviation capacity in the South East, Gatwick says its new report contains substantial additional analysis – including information […]

UK runway decision needed now, says FTA’s Welsh

The importance of Heathrow as a world-class hub for UK imports and exports was highlighted by the Freight Transport Association’s (FTA) director of global and European policy, Chris Welsh on Wednesday. He addressed the ‘Shaping the Future Heathrow’ Conference at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London – which explored the airport’s future development and stressed the need […]

Gatwick CFO said there was flaws with commission’s runway expansion report

Gatwick Airport’s chief financial officer, Nick Dunn said yesterday there were flaws with the Airport Commission’s figures concerning the potential economic benefits the UK would gain from expansion at Heathrow Airport over Gatwick. He was speaking at the Westminster Energy, Environment and Transport Forum seminar – ‘What now for airport expansion in the South East?’ […]

Heathrow CEO sure it will get the backing of UK Government

Heathrow Airport chief executive officer John Holland-Kaye said yesterday he feels it has finally come to a point where the government will make a decision to back Heathrow expansion, while also questioning whether Gatwick can meet the needs of British exporters. He was speaking at the Westminster Energy, Environment and Transport Forum, which held a […]

Lack of capacity causing ‘substantial damage’ to UK

The UK is losing up to £6.7 million ($8.8 million) a day due to lack of capacity, and the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, should make expansion her top priority, the British Infrastructure Group (BIG) says. The cross-party group of 40 members of parliament (MP), headed up by Grant Shapps MP, says the lack of […]

FTA condemns further runway expansion delay

Freight Transport Association director of global & European policy, Chris Welsh

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has expressed its dismay that a decision to increase runway capacity in the South East of England will be further delayed until the Conservative party elects a new leader. The UK government had been due to make a decision on whether Heathrow Airport should receive approval for a third runway, or […]

Brexit: BIFA fears Heathrow expansion decision will be further delayed

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has expressed its concerns that a decision on expanding the UK’s aviation capacity will be delayed further in the aftermath of the country leaving the European Union. The UK public voted to leave the European Union in a referendum on 23 June, with prime minister (PM) David Cameron resigning […]

Government told to make decision on expanding UK airport capacity

The UK government has squandered its opportunity to end decades of political dithering on expanding airport capacity in the South East of England, its Transport Committee says. The Committee, which supports building a third runway at Heathrow Airport, says the debate on expanding capacity has not moved on since the 1990s. The government has been […]

Heathrow makes £664 million profit in 2015

Heathrow Airport made a profit of £664 million ($936 million) in 2015 compared to a loss of £98 million in 2014, as it continues its campaign for a third runway. The London hub says demand has outstripped capacity, with Vietnam Airlines moving services to Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi from Gatwick Airport, for improved […]

Third runway at Heathrow essential to clear export limiting bottleneck

Heathrow Airport is full and freight cannot be transported directly on a number of services to destinations including China, head of cargo, Nick Platts tells Air Cargo Week (ACW). Heathrow Airport handled just under 1.5 million tonnes of cargo in 2015, a 0.2 per cent dip from 2014, though Platts says the results were skewed […]

UK airport expansion poll finds concerns over air quality

A YouGov poll has found air quality is London’s top environmental concern, in the first survey since the UK government delayed a decision on airport expansion in the South East. The poll found air quality at 30 per cent and the related issue of road congestion at 29 per cent are the environmental challenges that matter […]

Cargo falls at Gatwick in 2015 by 17.3%

Gatwick Airport’s cargo volumes fell by a substantial 17.3 per cent in 2015, compared to the previous 12 months. The gateway handled 73,411 tonnes, which was a significant decline on the 88,737 tonnes that Gatwick handled in 2014. December continued the monthly trend last year of significant falls and cargo volumes fell by 11.4 per cent […]

Heathrow sure it can deliver within environmental limits

Heathrow Airport says it has full confidence that expansion at the hub can be delivered within environmental limits and says it will work with the UK government to deliver a third runway. The gateway’s plan involves building a new 3,500 metre runway about two miles Northwest of its two runways, at an estimated cost of £18.6 billion […]

Heathrow expansion decision delayed again

A UK government decision on whether a third runway at Heathrow Airport should be approved has been delayed until at least the middle of 2016 to carry out further environmental impacts. The government had been expected to formally respond to the Airports Commission, which it appointed to evaluate increasing aviation capacity in 2012, by the […]

No Heathrow expansion unless environmental conditions met

Heathrow Airport expansion should not be approved unless it can demonstrate it can comply with environmental conditions, the UK government’s House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee says. In July this year, the UK government appointed Airports Commission published its final report on increasing runway capacity in London, concluding that Heathrow Airport should have a third […]

Cargo down at Gatwick, but revenue up

Gatwick Airport’s cargo figures continue to fall and the gateway saw a 17.2 per cent fall in October compared to the same month last year. The UK airport processed 6,355 tonnes of freight, down on the 7,678 tonnes in October 2014. In the last 12 months cargo tonnage has fallen 15.2 per cent to 75,153 […]

UK businesses echo FTA call for Heathrow third runway decision

UK business leaders have echoed the Freight Transport Association’s (FTA) call for the UK government to make a decision regarding expanding Heathrow Airport. Business leaders including the Confederation of British Industry president, Paul Drechsler says “decisive action” is needed and the government needs to “get on” and expand Heathrow Airport. In July this year, the […]

Heathrow makes £419 million profit

Heathrow Airport has seen its nine month profit increase to £419 million ($642 million) from £52 million in 2014. The airport says revenue increased by 4.1 per cent to £2 billion with aeronautical revenue rising by three per cent to £1.3 billion. Heathrow chief executive officer, John Holland-Kaye says the results show that the airport […]

Heathrow Airport sees cargo volumes fall in August

Heathrow Airport has seen its fourth consecutive monthly year-on-year (YOY) fall in August, with cargo volumes dropping by 0.2 per cent to 122,540 tonnes. The airport has seen cargo volumes fall in May, June, July and August having experienced YOY growth of at least two per cent in every month between January and April. The […]