Willie Walsh, CEO of the International Airlines Group (IAG), which includes British Airways, has told the Government to consider Heathrow Hub’s expansion proposals, as they are cheaper that Heathrow Airport’s own plans.
Walsh has said the Heathrow Hub proposal, which involves extending the northern runway, could be better that Heathrow’s plans for a third runway. Speaking at a conference in London, Walsh asked the Government to consider Heathrow Hub’s plan seriously, as it would reduce future landing fees, and therefore impact on fares less.
The government may make a decision on which scheme to approve before 2017’s summer parliamentary recess. It is to be hoped there is no further prevarication on the matter.
In the same speech, Walsh said that Gatwick’s case for expansion was weak, and that IAG would consider its position at the airport if the costs were passed on to airlines in higher charges.