Published on : Wednesday, February 12, 2020
l Within 18 months the Paris Charles de Gaulle is set to eclipse Heathrow airport as Europe’s leading aviation hub.
The French capital airport has four runways as compared with two at Heathrow.
Paris CDG in 2019 grew by around 5 per cent to 75.15 million passengers while Heathrow’s growth was 1 per cent to 80.9 million.
Paris CDG will handle 80 million passengers this year as compared with 81.7 million for Heathrow.
At the end of July 2021 the rolling annual totals for both airports considering constant growth would be equal at 82.3 million.
Charles de Gaulle airport will move ahead after that and the Davis Commission on airport expansion in southeast England five years ago unanimously recommend a third runway at Heathrow.
The government and parliament backed the plan but the project lost momentum.
The new northwest runway may not open until the very end of 2020s if the plan goes ahead as the planned opening date of 2026 has been missed.
According to Heathrow’s chief executive, John Holland-Kaye if they were to be a truly global Britain, they need to be better connected to global market than their rivals in Europe.
Falling behind will be an economic disaster for the country just as they leave the EU.
The new runway of Heathrow will make the UK a winner and connect all of Britain to global growth and that’s why they need to get on with delivering it.
“It would be an economic disaster for the country to fall behind, just as we leave the EU. Heathrow’s new runway will make the UK a winner, connecting all of Britain to global growth and that’s why we need to get on with delivering it.
Heathrow has reported a record January, with 2.9 per cent more passengers than a year earlier.
There was a spike in domestic flights, largely attributed to the Flybe link with Newquay in Cornwall than began in March 2019.
The airline has announced it will end the Heathrow route in March 2020 and transfer flights to Gatwick.