IATA notes airport expansion plans could spiral out of control



The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed the UK Transport Select Committee´s endorsement of Heathrow as the right location to expand airport capacity, but warned that the costs could still spiral out of control, the company said.

IATA also welcomed the Committee´s recommendations that the government consider giving the Civil Aviation Authority greater powers to regulate Heathrow´s passenger and airline charges, and that these charges be held flat in real terms.

The Report is clear that Heathrow airport charges are the highest in the world, and that any expansion of the airport must be accompanied by a commitment that charges will not rise from the current level. Such a commitment would be in line with comments from the Secretary of State that charges should stay at today´s levels.

Airlines are acutely aware of the noise impacts on local communities. The third runway opens up the possibility of predictable and increased noise respite, through runway rotation, leaving open the option to continue with night-flight connections which are vital to the UK economy.