Business case for expansion flawed
UKIP Hillingdon reject the need to build an additional runway at Heathrow based on a flawed business case which is all about the profits of big overseas investors and not the needs of the UK economy and local people.
The figures show that both business and ‘hub’ flight numbers are in decline as new aircraft enable longer distance point to point flights with the trend moving from business to leisure travel.
The case for one ‘super airport’ when we already have excess capacity in the South East at
Stansted, Southend and Luton and a runway that can be re-activated at Manston for larger aircraft is unproven.
Indeed, the old BAA was broken up to stop one company having a monopoly on air travel around the capital yet expanding Heathrow will effectively re-inforce the dominance of one site.
New York is a similar city to London and operates with multiple airports yet the Davies Commission was instructed to look at a single airport expansion only rather than consider upgrades across the South East that would put less strain on surface infrastructure and the communities that have to live around an expanded Heathrow.
Our community in the villages has suffered blight, noise and pollution from Heathrow with the two runways, adding a third will make our environment impossible to live in.
Air pollution is already double the
maximum safe limits – on a bad day it can be up to nine times that limit with many people suffering adverse health conditions because of the aircraft emissions and the increased traffic levels that the airport brings.
CLIFF DIXON Chairman, UKIP Hillingdon Branch