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Article from BTNews 1 JUNE 2015

Heathrow v Gatwick

Following Gatwick’s media round last Friday which featured prominently in London TV, radio and press Heathrow Airport Ltd issued the following statement. (see Gatwick v Heathrow in this issue

“Heathrow operates lawfully, and the Airports Commission has been clear that the Heathrow Northwest Runway proposal can be delivered within legal air quality limits and will not delay EU compliance.

There are two locations adjacent to the M4 approximately two kilometres north of the airport, at Hillingdon and Hayes, where EU air quality limits are currently not met.  These are characteristic of the broader problem London faces with traffic pollution and do not equate to an exceedance of air quality limits due to the airport.  The contribution of the airport is low at these locations: 16% at Hillingdon and 6% at Hayes.

Heathrow understands air quality is a real concern for local communities and an issue London needs to tackle urgently.  We have a good track record of improving air quality, and have reduced emissions from airport activity by 16% over five years.  For example by incentivising airlines to bring their cleanest, quietest aircraft to Heathrow.”

The recent Supreme Court judgement has helped to focus the attention of government, local authorities and industries on the need for concerted and prompt action to decrease vehicle emissions”.

The full statement can be seen on  http://mediacentre.heathrow.com/pressrelease/details/81/Expansion%20News_23/4645

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