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Crunch time for UK airport capacity

16 Jul 2013
Busy airport waiting lounge

IoD response to the Airports Commission’s consultation on adding to UK airport capacity.

Dan Lewis, Senior Adviser on Infrastructure Policy at the IoD and Chief Executive of Future Energy Strategies and the Economic Policy Centre, reviews the outlook for airport capacity in the South East of England, as decision time approaches. Key points: Of all the UK’s big infrastructure projects, nothing polarises the nation as much as if, where, when, how much and at whose cost we should build additional runway capacity in the south east of England.

  • Since early 2013, the UK has been ‘post-monopoly’ for the first time in the ownership of its major south east airports.
  • Would London and the UK be best served by three competing hubs at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted?
  • Between 2011 and 2015, China will have built 56 new airports and upgraded 91 others1 each with their own Aerotropolis, which puts the UK’s delays in perspective.
  • Our objective has to be embracing the competitive opportunity, driving down costs, increasing consumer choice and supporting growth opportunities.

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