Heathrow plays a vital role in linking the UK economy with the rest of the world. We believe that a third Heathrow runway is consistent with the principles of responsible growth as long as measures are taken to reduce adverse environmental and local impacts.
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Heathrow plays a critical role in ensuring that the UK competes effectively in the global marketplace and reaps the benefits which flow from international trade.
Without a hub airport with a world–class network, London will lose its position as a world business capital – and the UK regions will struggle to attract inward investment.
Heathrow's global reach has declined from 227 destinations in 1990 to 180 today. In that same time, Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam have all increased their route networks to more than 250 destinations.
We support the introduction of mixed mode operations at Heathrow.
The best way to reduce delays, cancellations and queues at Heathrow is to give the airport more runway capacity. One way to increase capacity and make flight times more reliable is allow aircraft to take-off and land on the same runway.
Mixed mode runway usage would:
At the end of February 2008 the Government consultation into the future development of Heathrow airport closed. As well as considering the case for a short, third runway it sought views on changing Heathrow's two runways to mixed mode operations.
We made the case that a third runway and mixed mode operations at Heathrow are essential to the future success of the London and UK economy. We also showed how changes to our operating procedures at Heathrow, and the benefits of our future aircraft purchases would help to enable responsible growth within the environmental limits set by the Government.