Arion640 wrote:Perhaps Heathrow should of been something to the north of london, avoiding the built up areas of east london on descent.
chunhimlai wrote:Closed all other london airport except LCY
And expand LCY as mega hub like Boris island
All UK destination as well as holland/ north France/ Belgium connected by maglev train (via Irish sea bridge/ second channel tunnel)
144modeller wrote:I can understand your enthusiasm from an aviation point of view, and as a 'spotter' I would add better facilities for viewing and taking photos. By the way, the east-west format is common throughout the UK because of the prevailing winds.
There are social and political problems to consider, one of which is illustrated by your suggestion of one site for flag carriers, and one for minor and charter carriers: it translates as one for the rich, one for the poor. And it extends to massive facilities for London and the South-east, poverty for the North. For the benefit of non-Brits, I should explain that this problem has persisted for decades, if not centuries, and has led to devolved governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
My vote is to encourage major carriers to spread the love throughout the country.
8herveg wrote:I've always wondered what one would design if we could rebuild London's airports from scratch.
Stickpusher wrote:Clean sheet? In broad terms, a large international hub northwest of London, somewhere between the M4 and M40 motorways, runways NE/SW due to prevailing winds. Still fairly convenient for London but better placed for people coming to the airport for global flights over land. High speed rail from the north and the west spurred off to the terminals.
South of London, perhaps a smidgin to the north of Gatwick, maybe even close to where the M25 now runs, another international airport for London and SE with similar Euro/N Africa/near-Eurasia connections to the other, but more frequency.
Transit pax from the intercontinental hub wouldn't necessarily need airport-to-airport transfers, and London's greater appetite for Euro travel could be catered locally.
Lose Luton and Southend, and have Stansted there for LCC, freight, emergencies, diversion capacity, military, royal & VIP) pretty much as now.
With all runways NE/SW traffic management would probably also be a great deal simpler.
Rapid airport-airport trains might be interesting, with airside security applied (lost if there are problems), bag transfers and in-train checkin for next sectors. Do everything on the move and having to transfer becomes less of a problem.
Just a whimsical first draft, given that I've not really thought about it before. Doing this now would be a nightmare! Birmingham & Bristol/Cardiff might be horrified by a large hub so close by (in time terms). East Mids and Manchester would get by, I would imagine.
The rail infrastructure would be key.
jarlog wrote:Arion640 wrote:Perhaps Heathrow should of been something to the north of london, avoiding the built up areas of east london on descent.
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