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Surinder Arora is rekindling his rival bid to build a new terminal at Heathrow
2022-04-07 07:06:00
Hotels tycoon Surinder Arora wants to build a rival terminal at Heathrow.  He is understood to have held talks with the Department for Transport and the Civil Aviation Authority about his plans to a new terminal, that might be dedicated (or may not) to Virgin Atlantic, Air France and Delta flights, on Heathrow-owned land.  Mr Arora wants to expand Heathrow’s capacity using the new terminal by up to 18 mppa more, without building a new runway – so there would be more planes on the existing runways. Heathrow airport has plans for a third runway, that have been held up for years and look increasingly unlikely after the financial losses caused by the Covid pandemic, and the change in flying behaviour of many companies and individuals. There are also serious climate concerns, so no government should allow airport expansion when aviation carbon emissions are meant to be reducing. .Tweet . Ex-baggage handler revives bid to rival Heathrow’s third runway Billionaire who used to work for Heathrow wants to build a new terminal on land owned by the airport By Oliver Gill, CHIEF BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT (Telegraph) 27 March 2022 Hotels tycoon Surinder Arora is rekindling his bid to build a rival terminal at Heathrow as ministers delay a final decision on the building of the airport’s third runway. Mr Arora, a former Heathrow airport baggage handler who is now worth an estimated £1.2bn, is understood to have held talks with the Department for Transport and the Civil Aviation Authority regarding his plans. Mr Arora, 63, wants to build a new terminal on Heathrow-owned land. Industry sources said that one option was for the terminal to be dedicated for Virgin Atlantic, Air France and Delta flights. But a source close to the billionaire insisted that the terminal would not be limited to specific airlines at this time. The Arora Group originally planned a new terminal at Heathrow as part of a rival expansion scheme costing £14bn that would negate the need for a third runway. The proposals, which aimed to increase Heathrow’s capacity by up to 40m passengers a year, were shelved after the pandemic hit. The new plans being discussed with the Government and regulators are understood to envisage a smaller terminal that will service an extra 18m passengers annually

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