GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13474 posts, RR: 77
Reply 1, posted (14 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1502 times:
Well T5 has been so absurdly delayed, if they gave the go-ahead tomorrow it would still be needed, even post Sept. 11th.
If go-ahead is given, the anti-LHR groups, who are almost all the very wealthly inhabitants of surrounding areas like Richmond, will fight it in the courts. I wonder how these selfish pricks go on their holidays? I suppose going from Luton or Gatwick is OK because it does not affect them.
For long-term runway capacity, why not re-start the Maplin project, cancelled in 1974. Basically building an airport on a natural sandbank just off the coast of Margate in Essex.
747firstclass From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (14 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1487 times:
I also have read, seen and heard that openskies talks between the US and UK will restart the end of Oct. Late next week France and the US will most lilkely conclude and finish openskies talk with the US and possibly even sign the agreement. I am waiting in baited breath to see how the UK responds to all this. This may possibly be the final push that will be needed to give the go ahead for T5 at LHR. Maybe the thought of US and France openskies will out the fear into somebody to give the goahead. We shall see.
Kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 13083 posts, RR: 33
Reply 5, posted (14 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1465 times:
Yes, it will - be in no doubt about that. Obviously, with the current crisis, the announcement has been delayed, but there will be a T5 at Heathrow and don't be at all surprised if LHR is given a third runway as well; there would be hell to pay of course, but there is actually some space north of the airport.
It would require knocking down a few homes, not that it is a decision that should be taken lightly, but LHR is the most important economic engine in the UK and hopefully, the PM will use the kudos he has built up in the current situation to back this. It would be a great help to the country's major airlines in the growth plans to be able to have a third runway - even a short one (as it would be) of about 7,000'. This would take pressure off the current runways and allow more feeder flights.
Both the airlines and the London Chamber of Commerce have spoken in favour of this.