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Heathrow 3rd Runway - bulldozing it through a real risk to New Labour's hold on power?

Skip Navigation London, Tuesday 07.04.09 News Business Sport Olympics Mayor Columnists Pictures Cycle City Polls Archive Reader Rewards Have your say Stars Games News HEADLINES:Brothers on attempted murder charge..... RBS planning to axe 9,000 more jobs..... Italian earthquake claims 207 lives..... 39-year prison term for gang leader..... Body in woodlands was model Kirsty..... Four arrested during Tamils protest..... 'No quit' Smith admits bad mistake..... Two held in 'Babe' sex abuse probe..... Brand taunts Straw over son's drugs..... Jade was the perfect victim - Parky..... Brothers on attempted murder charge..... RBS planning to axe 9,000 more jobs..... Italian earthquake claims 207 lives..... 39-year prison term for gang leader..... Body in woodlands was model Kirsty..... Four arrested during Tamils protest..... 'No quit' Smith admits bad mistake..... Two held in 'Babe' sex abuse probe..... Brand taunts Straw over son's drugs..... Jade was the perfect victim - Parky..... Brown: Urged to ditch third runway plansGordon Brown urged to ban third runway at Heathrow after drop in flights Nicholas Cecil, Chief Political Correspondent 03.11.08 GORDON BROWN was today urged to reconsider plans for a third runway at Heathrow after new figures showed a fall in flights this winter. The number of flights from the airport is due to dip by 1.9 per cent between October and March, compared with the same period last year, according to The Guardian. The revelation of 25 fewer flights a day appears to undermine the Government's case that a bigger Heathrow is needed to ensure it remains a key international hub airport. Labour MP Louise Ellman, head of the Commons transport select committee, said previous analyses had made the case for a third runway. "But before final decisions are taken, there does need to be an assessment of airline trends and travelling trends and keep these environmental conditions," she told BBC Radio 4's Today programme this morning. However, she warned that it was important not to lose sight of the benefits to the economy of maintaining Heathrow as a hub airport. A third runway would increase Heathrow's capacity from 480,000 flights a year to more than 700,000. The Government's aviation White Paper made the case for expansion by citing figures showing that the number of passengers using UK airports would double to 460 million by 2030. However, the latest figures from Airport Co-ordination, which oversees take-off and landing slots at Heathrow, showed a small decline this winter. "This is a reflection of fuel prices and weakening economy leading to airlines making tactical flight cancellations," said James Cole from the co-ordination firm. But airport operator BAA, which has been working very closely with the Government on the plans for a third runway, insisted that long-term passenger numbers would rise. "History very clearly demonstrates that aviation recovers well from short-term events such as this economic downturn," said a BAA spokesman. John Stewart, chairman of anti-expansion group Hacan, argued that the changing economic climate meant another runway was now "a bit of a gamble", adding that the policy was "drawn up in 2003 when aviation was expanding and the economy was booming". The Standard revealed last week that Cabinet ministers were secretly supporting a Commons revolt against expansion at Heathrow. Environment Secretary Hilary Benn and Commons Leader Harriet Harman were said to be the most concerned in the Cabinet about a proposed third runway. Related articles BMI snapped up by Lufthansa in £600m takeover 'Drunk' pilot held as jet is due to leave Heathrow A long night at the terminal Boris 'on Fantasy Island' over airport in estuary Scanners open the way for lifting ban on airline liquids I suppose he could always solicit the opinion of Recep Suliman Obama, who loves to meddle in EU affairs. Sorry the cut & paste came out so bad - the latter half of the link is ok though. Sam, i am as confident as you too - so i wouldn't even take your money, LOL.

Asked By: Anthony Sowell USMC ret. - 4/7/2009
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All this is being done at the behest of the BAA who have been telling governments in this country what they want for many years. Having attended many meeting with senior executives of the BAA I can assure you that they always assumed that the Department of Transport would accede to their wishes. Many experts on noise... More
Answered By: Rob Roy - 4/7/2009
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Thanks to New Labour i'm now a Youth Leader and DJ - so i can't diss da hand that feeds.
Answered By: Winston Silcott - 4/7/2009
 
"New Labour" has already lost what grip on power it has, I would comfortably bet the £700 in my bank account that labour will not be elected in the next general election.
Answered By: sam S - 4/7/2009
 
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