The Telegraph – “Heathrow Airport: We have a 30-strong waiting list”
Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye has said 30 airlines are waiting to start new routes or increase their flights at the airport, but can’t due to capacity constraints, in an article published in The Telegraph today.
The article, by Nathalie Thomas, goes on to explain how it is long-haul airlines from North America, South America and Asia that predominantly make up this list.
Significantly, markets in these areas are predicted to grow the most over the next 40 years, making direct air-connections vital for the UK maintaining its economic strength.
An excerpt of the article is included below:
John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow’s chief executive, said the waiting list includes airlines from North America, South America and Asia as he sought to paint the West London hub, which is operating at more than 98pc of its maximum flight capacity, as a crucial part of Britain’s future as a major exporter.
Mr Holland-Kaye pointed out that a quarter of British exports are flown abroad via Heathrow as he pressed the case for building a third runway at the airport.
Debate over the best location for a new runway in the south-east of England will take on a fresh ferocity over the next few weeks as the Airports Commission, a body set up to investigate the thorny issue of aviation capacity, prepares to launch a national consultation early next month. Heathrow is in a two-horse race with its West Sussex rival, Gatwick, for the right to build Britain’s next runway.
Mr Holland-Kaye claimed Gatwick’s second runway proposals are “primarily about low cost flights to Europe”, while he claimed expanding Heathrow is important for the future of the British economy.
“There is massive demand for flights into Heathrow,” the airports boss said. “There are Chinese carriers that are queuing up to get here. Air China told me they could have four flights a day coming into Heathrow if there was only more capacity.”
He claimed airlines are instead launching routes from rival hub airports in France and Germany, rather than going to Gatwick.
Source: The Telegraph
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