Heathrow expansion frozen, with Coronavirus crisis adding…

Heathrow expansion frozen, with Coronavirus crisis adding further costs, uncertainties and delay
2020-03-17 23:53:00
Heathrow contractors have been told to down tools, with work put ‘on hold’ until there is further clarity on any plan for a 3rd runway.  It is unlikely to make any progress during the Covid-19 recession, when the number of people flying has been cut to just tiny numbers, and the situation likely to last for at least several months.  This comes after the Court of Appeal ruling (27th February) that the Airports NPS is illegal; Heathrow is trying to appeal against this, to the Supreme Court, with a decision on whether to allow the appeal by mid April.  Now the delays to the runway plans, if it ever happens, have increased by perhaps another year – due to the Coronavirus. The date when it might be ready has slipped from 2026, to 2029 (due to the CAA decision) to about 2030 (due to the Appeal Court) to about 2031 (due to Coronavirus)…. so it is looking less and less likely. The airport will lose huge amounts of money, due to the virus, unless government bails it out – and that is widely NOT seen as a sensible use of government funds, when millions of people also need financial help, due to Covid-19.  .Tweet   Heathrow expansion ‘frozen’ with hundreds of jobs at risk Contractors have been told to down tools, with work put ‘on hold’ until there is further clarity By Oliver Gill 14 March 2020 (Telegraph) There are fears that the building of the third runway at Heathrow will slip off the public agenda during a coronavirus recession Heathrow’s controversial expansion is in “deep freeze” with hundreds of jobs at risk amid industry fears that the building of the third runway will slip off the public agenda during a coronavirus recession. Airlines have been warned that Heathrow is facing a series of hurdles that, at best, require an additional delay of “at least” one or two years and will require costs to be “slashed” in the meantime, according to an internal correspondence from a major trade body. An email from the Board of Airline Representatives to its members read: “Heathrow expansion is now in the deep freeze until the Government comes forward with when, how, or if it intends to revise the [policy documents] required for Heathrow. “Given the date for a third runway had already been pushed back to late 2028 or early 2029, then we are now looking at 2030 and beyond should the Government pr

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