Thames Estuary – UK airline industry response to Airports Commission decision

September 2nd, 2014

Trade body for UK airlines responds to Airports Commission decision on Thames estuary option

Responding to the Airport Commission‘s decision to rule out the inner Thames estuary option, Nathan Stower, Chief Executive of the British Air Transport Association (BATA), said:

“Britain needs additional runway capacity in the South East of England, but not at any price. With the Thames estuary option sensibly ruled out for good, the Airports Commission is free now to concentrate on scrutinising the business cases of the three shortlisted options. The proposals must be cost effective and offer value for money.  There needs to be a credible funding mechanism based on realistic forecasts and today’s passengers must not be expected to pay for tomorrow’s infrastructure.”