14 DECEMBER 2015
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The Christmas lunch of the Aviation Club of the United Kingdom took place last Thursday.
Did the Prime Minister deliberately choose that day for an early evening Cabinet Committee meeting to decide on the government response to the Airports Commission report? Probably not. But Willie Walsh, guest of honour, got it right at the Institute of Directors, with his words, without any changes, issued much later in the day as an IAG response to the Department of Transport statement. Timing is everything.
IAG chief executive Willie Walsh said: “To further delay a decision shows what we have repeatedly said – that party politics takes precedence over what is best for the economy.
“If a runway is built at Heathrow, there must be a fundamental review of the costs. Only around 1% of the £17.6bn is for the actual runway and more than £800m is for a new car park. No wonder Heathrow makes more money than any other airport group in the world."
Readers interested in 40 years of history should go to BTN 23 January 2012 ON TOUR: The Maplin story
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