Heathrow boss repeats call for Cameron to back third runway

Heathrow boss repeats call for Cameron to back third runway

The boss of Heathrow today repeated his call for David Cameron to back a third runway at the west London hub.

His comments came amid mounting speculation that a decision on airport expansion in the southeast will be delayed by six months over environmental concerns amid intense lobbying by rival Gatwick.

Heathrow chief executive, John Holland-Kaye, said: “The message to the prime minister this week is clear – expand Heathrow and unlock growth across the country.

“Businesses and unions, regions and local communities, politicians from all parties want certainty and to get on with Heathrow’s new plan.

“We’re ready to deliver the hub capacity this country needs – we will work with the government to make it happen.”

He spoke as Heathrow reported its busiest ever November with passenger numbers up by 2% to 5.58 million.

Growth at the capacity constrained west London hub came from larger, fuller, quieter aircraft.

Seats per aircraft increased 1.4% to 210 while load factors rose by 1.9% to 72.3% and passengers per aircraft were up by 3.4% to 152.

Heathrow reported only “minor impacts” from incidents in Europe and the Middle East with less than a 1% impact on total volumes in the month versus forecasts


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