No trust for owners of Heathrow airport
LAST month Heathrow’s owners placed a four-page advertising feature to say there should be a third runway at the airport.
This would lead to a huge increase in flights with obvious implications for air pollution, noise from planes, and congestion from road traffic to and from the airport.
In the 1990s when BAA (now called Heathrow Airport Holdings Ltd) wanted to build Terminal Five there were fears it would lead to a third runway. There was a lengthy public inquiry and BAA advertised in the Ealing Gazette to try to reassure us. Roger Cato, Heathrow’s then managing director, wrote in January 1999: “We are giving the clearest possible meaningful indication of our belief that a third runway should never be built at Heathrow.” Sixteen years later and the airport is saying the UK ‘has an opportunity to decide, once and for all, where a much-needed new runway will go. And, it’s clear – it has to be Heathrow’. Clearly the owners of Heathrow cannot be trusted. Don’t be at all surprised, even if they get their third runway, if they come back in a few years pushing for yet another terminal or a fourth runway. More planes means more profits for them, or so they hope. Enough is enough – there must be no more expansion of Heathrow.