Walsh speaks against Heathrow

Willie Walsh, CEO of British Airways, has said his airline does not support Heathrow’s expansion plan, as they feel the costs are too high.

He told Reuters that the airline doesn’t support the building of a third runway at Heathrow because it will increase the cost of operating flights in and out.

He described the costs as “outrageous” and indicated that IAG (British Airways parent company) did not want to see landing charges increase to fund the expansion.

British Airways supported earlier expansion plans for Heathrow, although in 2014 Mr Walsh said plans to expand Heathrow were doomed as he felt the UK’s politicians lacked the courage to approve them.

Whether this is an early salvo in the negotiations between airline and airport over future landing charges or a genuine contribution to the debate is not clear.

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