Saturday, December 09, 2000

More Airports

Busy week so no chance to post........

More airports

General angst this week about airports in the south-east with British Airways all but abandoning Gatwick with its unhappy combination of one runway and two terminals. Although still Europe's fifth biggest Airport Gatwick seems destined to become a regional airport with a diminishing international role.
A pity as it has finally got some decent modern trains on the Gatwick Express line offering convenient access to central London.
A UK government report is expected before Christmas backing the development of the £2 billion Terminal Five at Heathrow Airport. In any event it will not be operational until 2007.
The Times points out the potential of Manston airport near Ramsgate, 75 miles from London on the Kent coast. This former RAF base could add a sixth airport to the five already serving London - Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and City.

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