There will never be a third runway at Heathrow, International Airlines Group chief executive Willie Walsh told BBC’s Question Time last night (Thursday).
Asked if he thought the lack of expansion at Heathrow was a catastrophe, he said: “It’s not a catastrophe, but without question in 20 years’ time we’ll suffer for it. The future of the economy is being damaged by lack of capacity at a hub airport.”
He said he could not envisage a third runway at the airport, despite campaigning for it in previous years. “I argued for a third runway and it was approved by the Labour government in 2009.
“My view is we will never see a third runway at Heathrow, we will never see Boris Island. We will debate this issue, and 30 years from now, there will be people sitting here talking about a commission that took three years.
“Nothing’s going to happen because there is no cross-party consensus. There is no political will to tackle difficult issues. I run my business as best I can with two runways.”
Ken Clarke, now a minister without portfolio, added: “We have to have a commission and we have to respect the conclusion – we should sign up in advance to take it.”
Journalist and presenter Janet Street-Porter said flying would be obsolete in 50 years’ time, with people opting for videoconferencing instead of “the horror of getting on a plane”.
This is a community-moderated forum.
All post are the individual views of the respective commenter and are not the expressed views of Travel Weekly.
By posting your comments you agree to accept our Terms & Conditions.