Published on Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Airlines rubbish Gatwick proposals to take winter flights from Heathrow

Proposals by Gatwick airport that flight restrictions should be placed on Heathrow during the winter and excess services switched to Gatwick instead to reduce weather-related delays and cancellations have been opposed by airlines.

Dale Keller, chief executive of the Board of Airline Representatives UK, said it should not be for airports or the Government to decide where airlines and passengers fly.

"The major cost of delays and cancellations are borne by the airlines and their customers," he said. ""It is simply not cost effective for airlines to split operations over different airports for short periods and it is unlikely their customers would want this either."

Instead, he said the fact that Heathrow was forced to cancel and delay many flights this week and last due to snow, ice and fog proved the case for a third runway at the airport.

"This week's delays and cancellations demonstrate what the airlines have been saying for years, that additional runway capacity at the UK's hub airport is required to improve air transport resilience, not only international competitiveness and growth," he added.

"BAR UK will present the airlines' view to the Airports Commission as part of the forthcoming consultation on airport capacity."

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  • More chaos with a third runway

    Heathrow has proven year on year that they can't effectively manage operating the two runways they have when they're affected by laughable "adverse" weather conditions. The thought of an increased number of traveller's impacted by cancelled flights if capacity was increased by a third runway should be a considerable concern. I appreciate that flights could be directed to the additional runway, but Heathrow needs to sort out their act to efficiently managing the operation they have today to reduce such problems. I'm not holding my breath to see how they cope next winter.

    By Paul VAN SCHALKWYK, Tuesday, February 12, 2013

  • Gatwick

    Would only fly from Gatwick and Manchester the best two airports in the UK.The rest I avoid especially Heathrow.

    By John Barthok, Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Heathrow Debacle

    Gatwick certainly has become cheeky in making this proposal. But, the airlines do have a point. This state of affairs at Heathrow cannot continue for ever. There is dire need for another runway at Heathrow. I'm not going to hold my breath on that. This government lacks the resolve to get that done. It will continue to cost the London economy, and the rest of the UK, dear, because the preferred gateway lacks the runway capacity to deal with any unscheduled changes in the operating environment.

    By Richard Mandunya, Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • Eggs in One Basket

    There's nothing like putting all your eggs in one basket! Contrary to Mr. Keller's comment, I suggest the recent bad weather proves the case that airport capacity in the south east should be spread out, away from Heathrow. Heathrow is naturally the preferred airport for people living on the western side of London. Having a choice of Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and perhaps Manston or Southend, provides logical contingency cover in bad weather, if nothing else. The role of the Government is to address the wider national interest, not just that or the airline and airports. Their responsibilities then extend to providing the infrastructure to ensure that this can be accommodated.

    By David Burdon, Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • Winter a shock again!!!

    Heathrow has again let the side down... it is embarrassing that a capital airport starts to shut down before what would be a laughable amount of predicted snow at any Scandinavian or Northern Scotland airport. Surely it is time to revisit the managment of this airport or retrain them?

    By Peter Reeve, Tuesday, January 22, 2013

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