The UK government's proposals for the future of UK civil aviation, which include runways and a new airport, are an environmental disaster. Neither has the government considered the problem of transporting increasing numbers of passengers to and from airports.

We don't need new airports or runways because technology will cope and has already begun to do so. We need to follow the example of Airbus, which is building a new, large airliner for long-haul routes, by adapting the same principles for short- and medium-haul routes.

That would eliminate the need for new airports and runways, would cut the numbers of flights, improve the environment under flightpaths and be cost-effective.

A N Byford Pinner, Middlesex, UK

Source: Flight International