The Anonymous Widower

Gatwick Makes A Pitch For The Third Runway

Canary Wharf tube station is all decked out in adverts for expanding Gatwick.

It’s certainly a tough fight between the two airports about which one gets developed.

On the ninth of October, I had a letter published in The Times, under the title, Plane or Train?

Sir, The closure of Richard Branson’s Little Red airline (News, Oct 7) comes at a time when people in their millions are rediscovering trains, raising a question over the attraction and viability of short-haul air services. Together with the introduction of aircraft that can carry up to a third more passengers, this leads me to wonder whether we need new runway capacity.

Effectively, it is a shorter reworking of some of the arguments in Hot Air Over London’s Airports.

To also stoke up the fire, Heathrow Hub were also advertising heavily in the papers at the weekend.

As I said in Hot Air Over London’s Airports, I quite like this proposal. This liking gets bigger every time I read about it.

One thing their reports and all the other proposals don’t talk about for obvious reasons, is the unpredictability of some of the world’s worst air accidents. Just read up on the circumstances that led to the Tenerife Airport Disaster.

For this and other reasons, I would leave the decisions to the professionals. And they will probably say that some proposals have a bigger safety margin than others!

But I still feel my last statement in the Hot Air post might be correct.

But I have this sneaking suspicion that no new runways will be built or extended and in twenty years time or so, we’ll wonder what all the fuss was about.

Passengers will just choose their airports with more care and airports will be competing with us with better and better facilities and more point-to-point flights.

But then some politician might want to add his name to a new London airport.

November 24, 2014 - Posted by | Transport | , , ,


  1. Sorry to be pedantic but Gatwick would like a second runway.

    Comment by Bob | November 26, 2014 | Reply

    • I know they would and the airport should have been built that way, as should Stansted. Politicians in the past didn’t know how to future proof infrastructure and only did enough tp kick the problem after the next election.

      Comment by AnonW | November 26, 2014 | Reply

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