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The Business Travel Magazine - - The Review - Scott Davies Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, ITM

The on-go­ing, never-end­ing saga of Heathrow’s third run­way just rum­bles on.

It’s just one ex­am­ple of the de­ci­sion paral­y­sis that our po­lit­i­cal sys­tem can bring about. Our in­ter­na­tional trad­ing neigh­bours watch us con­tinue to re­strict the growth of the most highly prized flight des­ti­na­tion in the world with in­credulity.

I think the de­ci­sion on ad­di­tional run­way ca­pac­ity at our most strate­gi­cally im­por­tant trans­port hub would have been a bet­ter use of a na­tional vote than the Brexit ques­tion. We must of course be mind­ful of the en­vi­ron­men­tal and hu­man im­pacts of such a project.

When all per­mis­sions are fi­nally granted and the new run­way at Heathrow opens some­time in 2030, I’ve got a hor­ri­ble feel­ing that we’re go­ing to wish we had taken our medicine in one go and built two new run­ways. The main air­ports of Frank­furt, Paris and Madrid al­ready have four, whilst Am­s­ter­dam Schiphol has six run­ways!

Maybe we should switch our at­ten­tion to en­cour­ag­ing Air­bus and Boe­ing to de­sign a ver­ti­cal take-off and land­ing air­liner to get around the is­sue? It might be about as likely as those ex­tra run­ways at this rate!

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