13 JULY 2015


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Article from BTNews 13 JULY 2015

House of Lords

In spite of saying that the Airports Commission report is complete Sir Howard Davies is being kept busy.

The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee will next week hold a one-off evidence session with Sir Howard.  The public is welcome at 16:05 on 15 July, Committee Room 3, House of Lords.

The sitting will focus on the Commission’s economic modelling which used a bespoke model rather than traditional methods.

Questions the Committee are expected to put to Sir Howard include:

  • How confident was the Commission that there is sustained demand for additional runway capacity at Heathrow?
  • Can the UK meet its climate change obligations at the same time as increasing aviation?
  • Given that the Commission’s own calculations estimate that the return on investment for a new runway at Heathrow is 8x investment and Gatwick’s is 13x investment why did the Commission recommend Heathrow as the preferred option?
  • Why was the Commission so confident that an expanded Gatwick could not serve as a hub airport?
  • Given that many other hub airports have four runways why is the Commission asking the Government to block Heathrow at three?
  • How will a ban on night flights work with the aspiration for more long haul flights particularly flights from Asia? Can the local community be confident the ban will be maintained?   www.parliament.uk/lords

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