A survey by the Board of Airline Representatives in the UK (BAR UK) suggests that Heathrow is the only UK gateway where carriers see a new runway as vital.In its submission to the UK’s Airports Commission, BAR UK says a poll of its members shows that airlines are experiencing capacity problems at only one UK airport: Heathrow. Despite the arguments by other airports for new runways, the capital’s overloaded hub emerges as the only real brake on expanding UK air connectivity, said BAR UK CEO Dale Keller. "Only one airline mentioned problems with flying into another airport, while half of our members in the poll probably diverted flights or capacity abroad due to Heathrow being full," he told Routes News. Of BAR UK’s 80 members, 51 participated in the poll. Only one said it had tried but been unable to fly into another airport. Yet, worryingly for the UK, 25 of the airlines in the survey reported that they have either certainly or probably diverted flights or capacity outside the country over the last two years due to slot constraints at Heathrow. Twenty-two airlines said they will probably operate additional flights to other international hubs or destinations until Heathrow has spare capacity. Heathrow, which now runs at 99% capacity, argues that its hub-and-spoke connectivity offers the only model that can make routes viable to key emerging markets. The UK's Airports Commission under Sir Howard Davies is due to report in 2015 on how London can best safeguard its air connectivity. Today, the ex-boss of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Giovanni Bisignani is expected to also weigh into the debate by backing calls for a third runway at Heathrow.Source: routenews, Piers Evans
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