Hurting Heathrow
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  • Kris

    I’m so worried about the baggage-retrieval system they’ve got at Heathrow.

    “Air travel to and from Heathrow … is one of the best things London has going”

    Anyone care to point me to studies indicating that a major hub airport provides significant economic benefits?

  • Jacksonian Libertarian

    I am reminded of the High Speed Rail project in China that was unneeded, unwanted, and unaffordable for the Chinese people, but provided the politicians with opportunities for graft and corruption on a gargantuan scale. I think the British Government has been wisely trying to cut spending, and has made the decision to live with the infrastructure they already have, and not waste money on a runway there isn’t any immediate economic need for. Britain’s geographical location practically guarantees them the North American air traffic.

  • ddh

    Frankfort, Kentucky, is a rival to London? Who knew? That is, unless you meant Frankfurt am Main in Germany.

    Spell check strikes again.

  • Andrew Allison

    I beg to differ. What the blog fails to recognize is that London’s satellite airports, including the one omitted from consideration (City) are providing much more cost-effective capacity. Thiefrow has been a continuously-under-construction horror for half a century. More of the same is the very last thing which London needs. The article also fails to mention that it’s faster and much more comfortable and convenient to get from London to Paris or Brussels by train than by air. This was an uncharacteristically superficial blog.

  • john haskell

    I think you missed an edit. Sentence reading “London’s economic success relies in no small part upon Heathrow’s air traffic success” should read “London’s economic success came about in spite of Heathrow.”

    English speaking countries have bad airports, that just how we roll. You’ve been to JFK or LaGuardia at some point, I’m sure, so you know what I’m talking about.

    Also, adding a quote from Willie Walsh is about as persuasive as a drop-out leaflet in a magazine is persuasive in making you want to subscribe to the magazine.

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