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   Vol. 17 No. 42
Tuesday July 16, 2018

LHR Vote Needs Positive Action

The vote in British Parliament favoring London Heathrow Airport expansion late last month drew response from the boots on the ground at LHR.
     Robert (Peachy) Keen, Director General of the British International Freight Association (BIFA) and stalwart member of the FIATA Board said:
     “Whilst BIFA welcomes the positive news from Parliament, media coverage of the obstacles that the project still faces leave me with a certain sense of foreboding whether the spades will ever hit the ground.
     “Detailed plans will still need to be drawn up, and will again have to go out for public consultation.
     “There is talk of several local authorities around Heathrow mounting a legal challenge, as well as a judicial review. “Separate reviews of flight paths and airspace are also required.
     “Each new hurdle that appears will only increase delays further and the chance of another political volte-face is ever present.

30 Years Of Procrastination

     “On behalf of BIFA member companies, which are desperate for the greater number of flights and accompanying airfreight capacity that would result from the new runway, I can only hope that the recent vote does not just open another protracted chapter in the 30-year story of procrastination over Heathrow in particular and UK aviation capacity in general.

Action Plan & Momentum Needed

     “The recent decision has been years in the making and needs to be accompanied by the expedited planning procedure, which has been mentioned previously, with no reopening of high level arguments, and robust handling of any legal challenges.
     “I hope all concerned move quickly to maintain the momentum now that this crucial hurdle has been cleared.”

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