Airport CEO condemns London Aviation Infrastructure

Published on : Thursday, March 16, 2017

London Southend AirportIn a wide-ranging article published on social media channels, Stobart Aviation CEO, Glyn Jones, offers his thoughts on how air travel has become so miserable, and crucially, what he believes can be done about it.

 

In a positive conclusion to the article, he states “For me, thankfully, the dream of air travel is still alive, and indeed kicking, every day.  And I believe there is another way to approach air travel in London and the South East.  A better way.  If you don’t believe me, give it a go – the next time you fly, fly super-fast through London Southend Airport.  And if you still don’t believe me after that, I will give you your next flight for free.”

 

Glyn believes the main reasons why air travel has become the trial it so often is, rather than the wonder that it was, and could still be, are as follows:

 

Or they will be very soon. DfT forecasts that the major South East airports will reach absolute capacity by 2030.  Glyn believes this situation will actually start this year – a full 13 years ahead of forecast.

 

A key objective of the London Airspace Management Programme (LAMP) was to “pave the way for wider modernisation of airspace to deliver more efficient flights, saving fuel, and reducing CO2 emissions.” In key respects, the opposite appears to be true.

 

Ideas have been under assessment since the early 1940s and still we have no operable decision on a third runway (let alone a fourth).

 

The small matter of getting the aircraft away on time, every time (defined as “early to 15 minutes late”).  At one of the South East’s flagship airports, in August (peak holiday season) almost half of all flights were late.

 

Airports in the South East can lay claim to two dubious mantles, one, operating the slowest ‘express’ service in the industry, and two, operating the UK’s most expensive stretch of railway.

 

In the ‘What can we do about it’ section of his article, Glyn offers the following proposed solutions:

 

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