Consortium rumoured to be planning new London airport

Reports are claiming that a mystery consortium is assessing the feasibility of creating a new four-runway airport near to Heathrow.

The consortium, comprising a group of unnamed businesses, us believed to have commissioned an infrastructure firm to assess possible locations on the outskirts of north and west London, according to reports in the Daily Mail and the Independent on Sunday. Financing has also reportedly been on the consortiums agenda, with claims that it is negotiating with Chinese sovereign wealth funds with regards to funding for the £40bn to £50bn project.

The Independent on Sunday quoted an industry source as saying: ‘These are very serious people. They want all their ideas aligned before coming forward publicly – this is going to be pretty impressive stuff.’

Berkshire and Oxfordshire would be considered likely locations for the new airport, and an engineering firm that is said to have experience of such projects in the Americas is undertaking the evaluation of suitable tracts of land. Wherever a new location is proposed, the consortium can be certain of an aggressive protest campaign from local communities and environmentalists.

The possibility of a new London airport has been mooted for some time, along with the alternative possibility of a third runway for Heathrow, fuelled by assertions from the UK’s business leaders that failure to upgrade the country’s present airport capacity will ultimately harm its competitiveness. However, the British government opposes the third runway option and continues to stand its ground on the issue, despite Tim Yeo, chairman of the UK Government’s Energy and Climate Change Committee, urging a change of heart on the Heathrow policy only last week.

Reports claim that the parties involved in the new airport consortium will reveal themselves within weeks.

British Airways Offers New Service from Aberdeen to London City Airport

British Airways has announced a new service to Aberdeen, in Scotland, from London City Airport in the UK.

The new service commences on September 24, 2012, from London City Airport, and is offered by BA Cityflyer, a subsidiary of the company.

BA Cityflyer will be operating Embraer E170 and E190 jets for the new route. The airline is currently flying passengers from London Heathrow Airport to the Scottish city of Aberdeen, and the new route will be in addition to the existing route. The sale of tickets for the new route is already open for advance bookings, for introductory rates commencing from £81 one way.

Luke Hayhoe, BA CityFlyer commercial manager, said, ‘Our direct flights from Edinburgh and Glasgow to London City are extremely popular with Scottish customers who want to want fly straight to the heart of the City, for both business or leisure. We are delighted to be adding flights from Aberdeen linking Europe’s oil capital with the UK’s financial and business hub. It reflects the strength of the economy in Aberdeen and the north east of Scotland. Aberdeen has been an important part of the British Airways network for many years and continues to be so.’

‘This new route complements the existing Aberdeen to Heathrow service, giving our customers greater choice and additional frequency when travelling between these two great wealth-generating cities.’

The route is currently served by UK-based airline, Easyjet. Easyjet also provides services from Luton and Gatwick airports in the UK to Aberdeen, while another UK airline, Flybe, serves Aberdeen from Gatwick airport.