Some facts to help you on your way:
Noise and air pollution:
- A plane lands at Heathrow every 90 seconds
- 725,000 people live under the Heathrow flight paths, that is, 28% of all people impacted by aircraft noise across Europe
- A 3rd runway would bring in around 260,000 extra flights a year
- Air Pollution levels in parts of West London already exceeds the European legal limits
- A 3rd runway would make Heathrow the biggest single emitter of CO2 – the climate change gas – in the UK
- Heathrow has 990 departure flights each week to the world’s key business centres. That is more than its two closest rivals, Charles de Gaulle (484) and Frankfurt (450), combined.
- More passengers fly in and out of London than any other city in the world. Paris, our nearest competitor, is in 5th place.
- London has 7 runways – more than all other European cities except Paris which has 8.
Heathrow is poorly used:
- Heathrow has the terminal capacity to accommodate at least another 20 million passengers a year.
- Of the top 10 destinations, by number of flights, only one, New York, is long haul. The rest are European or British destinations.
- On average there are 38 daily flights to Amsterdam, 36 to Frankfurt, 35 to Paris, 35 to Edinburgh, 29 to Manchester.
- Business trips are less than 20 per cent of the London passenger total
Case against the Hub airport:
- Growing numbers of experts believe a mega-hub at Heathrow is unnecessary and would inhibit competition and restrict choice.
- In 2008 David Cameron said; “The economic value of transfer passengers is hotly disputed – after all, they often spend only the price of a cup of coffee in the UK”.
- In 2009, David Cameron said: “There are now increasing grounds to believe that the economic case is flawed.”
- David Cameron later promised that if he were to become prime minister there would be no new runway at Heathrow, “no ifs, no buts”.
- Former Chief Executive of British Airways Bob Ayling told the Sunday Times in 2008 that a third runway would be “a costly mistake……against Britain’s economic interests”
- Paul Kehoe, chief executive of Birmingham Airport said: “Other countries, such as Germany, have a ‘multi-hub’ airport model – they link their major airports with high-speed rail, and spread the economic activity. They do not stick to the old-fashioned model of just one major airport.”
- In the past five years, there have been 260 emergency or urgent landings at Heathrow, roughly one per week, as a result of problems such as engine failure, fuel shortages.
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