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  • Offshore airport in English Channel (and LHR)

    A new airport built on sand banks in the English Channel has been proposed
    as a wild-card solution for London’s need for a new aviation hub.

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    Hi Ulf.

    You would be better using this article, as the link in you post wants you to subscribe.

    Offshore hub airport plans unveiled

    "AS Sydney dithers over its airport restrictions, politicians in Britain have backed a new plan to build a $60 billion, four-runway airport on a man-made island in the English Channel."

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      Morgan Sindall has secured new work worth £10m at Heathrow Airport.

      The contractor will modernise two British Airways aircraft hangars at the airport in preparation for the arrival of the new B787 dreamliner and B777-300ER aircraft. The aim is to provide BA with more flexible working space for maintenance and repair work.

      Some 100 tonnes of steel will be removed and 95% of it will be recycled. Work also involves the provision of new nose docks and major refurbishment of existing tail docks. The contractor will also provide a nose-pod extension to the hangar to accommodate large aircraft, and various associated building services works.

      In addition, Morgan Sindall will be replacing seven air bridges at the airport in partnership with German company Thyssen Krupp for Heathrow Airport Ltd. The original air bridges are around 25 years old. Each air bridge takes four weeks to install and they are being manufactured by Thyssen Krupp in Spain, then shipped over for installation at the airport.

      The air bridges enable passengers to embark and disembark the aircraft, connecting to the main passenger terminal. The telescopic air bridges extend to 30m maximum length and can retract, elevate and descend to reach the doors of a large number of aircraft.

      Michael O’Callaghan, director of aviation for Morgan Sindall, said: “Our business with Heathrow Airport and British Airways is proving to be very successful. This type of installation work requires a very specific set of skills and our team is pleased to be working alongside Thyssen Krupp on these projects. We are also especially delighted with the British Airways contract which allows our team to broaden its scope and capabilities.” ...düüüse Im Sauseschritt


      • #4
        London mayor opens up airport debate

        London mayor Boris Johnson is asking airlines, businesses and the city’s residents for their views on how to solve the airport capacity shortage.

        Johnson has unveiled a set of criteria which will be used to whittle down the possible options for adding capacity in the south-east.

        Proposals include the mayor’s own idea for an airport in the Thames estuary dubbed “Boris Island”. Johnson has also been vehemently against any expansion at Heathrow including a third runway at the airport.

        The categories drawn up cover issues such as economics, airport infrastructure, airspace, surface access, environmental impact and deliverability.

        “Anybody remotely serious about protecting the ability of the British economy to compete with our global rivals knows that this country desperately requires a multi-runway hub airport of the kind being built in huge numbers around the rest of the world,” said Johnson.

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          Passengers at Heathrow and Gatwick could face congestion charge

          Passengers flying from Heathrow and Gatwick face being forced to pay a 'congestion charge' which would double the amount they would pay in tax compared to at other British Airports.

          In a bid to address Britain's air capacity crisis, the Government is exploring whether increasing passenger duty could ease congestion at the country's two busiest airports, which are both set to reach full capacity in six years.

          In a study by HM Revenue and Customs, it was found the number of passengers flying from Heathrow would fall from 23.1million a year to 18.9million if a premium rate of tax was added to fares

          If the plans went ahead, the tax on an economy flight to New York would rise to £32.50.

          A similar charge at Gatwick would see passenger departures fall from 15.1million to 12.8million in 2014, with the knock-on effect that more passengers would use Luton, Birmingham and Stansted.

          While Birmingham backs the idea, Heathrow warned it would damage Britain's trade, with carriers choosing to switch to other European hubs.

          A BAA spokesman told the Daily Telegraph: 'Long haul flights forced out of Heathrow by the higher taxes would not go to other UK airports - they would go to our European competitors in Paris, Frankfurt or Amsterdam.

          A spokesman for the CBI, the business lobbying organisation, said the answer was to increase capacity, rather than force airlines and passengers away.

          'We're already losing business to other European destinations so we can't kick this into the long grass,' he told the paper.

          'We need new connections with fast-growing markets like India, China and South America - with space for airlines to put on new flights.


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            CBI rejects anti-congestion airport tax

            LONDON, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- A British bushiness group said it rejected the concept of raising a passenger tax at specific airports to persuade travelers to take alternative routes.

            The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday the British Treasury asked HM Revenue and Customs to explore raising the Air Passenger Duty at Heathrow and Gatwick airports near London, as Heathrow is operating at full capacity and Gatwick is projected to hit that mark in six years.

            "We're already losing business to other European destinations so we can't kick this into the long-grass," said a representative for the business group, the Confederation of British Industry.

            "We need new connections with fast growing markets like China, India and South America -- with space for airlines to put on new flights," the representative said.

            Heathrow operators said they oppose the plan that the Treasury said was only an idea being studied as a "research project to inform policy making in general."

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            • #7
              Boris Johnson: Why London needs a new airport

              Even on a good day, Heathrow is serving fewer destinations than 10 years ago, down to 167 from 200, while Heathrow's continental rivals are widening their ambitions.
              You can fly to 238 airports from Paris Charles de Gaulle, to 248 from Amsterdam and 267 from Frankfurt and, as wealth and power shift to the east, the constrictions of London's hub airport are becoming evermore apparent and evermore damaging. Of the 20 cities that are predicted to show the biggest GDP growth between now and 2025, 13 are in mainland China; but only two of those cities are served directly by London airports.
              This lack of connectivity threatens Heathrow and London and the United Kingdom economy. Until recently, London was the number one destination for foreign direct investment. Foreign-owned companies are estimated to contribute 42 per cent of the wealth created in London.
              But people need to be able to come to see their investments, and the difficulties Heathrow is experiencing are among the reasons why other countries now appear to be ahead of us in the race for new markets and for the inward investment that follows.
              Even if our airlines wanted to offer flights to those sprouting cities of Cathay, we have no corresponding slots to offer Chinese carriers wishing to land in London. China's biggest airline, China Southern, does not serve the UK - and cites the lack of slots at Heathrow as the reason.
              That is why it is time to look at a new solution for London, and why I urge the government to develop ideas for a new airport in the Thames estuary - a clean, state-of-the art hub airport that would be a motor for growth and regeneration and entrench London's lead as the greatest commercial centre in Europe.

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