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Heathrow expansion 'would help regions'

Fri, 30 Nov, 2007

Regional airports have nothing to fear from London Heathrow Airport's expansion plans, according to an industry body.

A consultation is currently underway about plans to build a third runway and sixth terminal at London Heathrow Airport.

That would enable Britain's busiest airport to handle even more traffic, but Neil Pakey of the Airport Operators Association said the move would not take business away from its regional counterparts.

In fact, Mr Pakey believes the expansion would actually help the country's smaller airports because there are not currently enough slots available for domestic services at London Heathrow Airport.

As a result many passengers are unable to fly from their local airport to link up with long-haul services and London Heathrow Airport is not effective in its role as the UK's hub, he continued.

"Really we need to have slots into the regions through Heathrow … So Heathrow getting more slots, more capacity, that's actually going to benefit the regions far more," said Mr Pakey.

Joe Evans

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