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Thames Estuary Plan Rejected

THE AIRPORTS Commission, led by Sir Howard Davies, announced on September 2 it would not add the inner Thames Estuary airport proposal -dubbed ‘Boris Island’ - to its shortlist of options for providing new capacity in the South East of England by 2030. Following further detailed studies into the feasibility of the proposal, the Commission concluded substantial disadvantages collectively outweighed potential benefits. Sir Howard said: “We are not persuaded that a very large airport in the Thames Estuary is the right answer to London’s and the UK’s connectivity needs. While we recognise the need for a hub airport, we believe this should be part of an effective system of competing facilities to meet the needs of a widely spread and diverse market, like London’s.” He added that there were serious doubts about the delivery and operation of a very large hub airport in the Thames estuary as well as huge environmental hurdles, which could prove impossible, or very time-consuming, to overcome. The Commission said “even the least ambitious version of the scheme would cost between £70 and £90 billion, with much greater public expenditure than involved in other options – probably some £30 to £60 billion in total.”

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In the November issue of Airliner World, we profile Australia’s leading domestic airline and flag carrier subsidiary QantasLink. We also report on Latvian carrier airBaltic’s recent turnaround, welcome the arrival of Qatar Airways’ first Airbus A380 and examine whether global airline alliances are here to stay, or are they being put under pressure by new models of inter-carrier co-operation This issue celebrates some major landmarks; we join US Airways for the final flights of its iconic Boeing 737 Classics and we fly on the last Cyprus Airways service from London/Heathrow to Larnaca. Maintaining our historical theme, we have part 1 of the United/Continental Airlines story, and we fly Pam Am International Flight Academy’s full-motion Boeing 707 simulator, the last device of its kind in existence. The latest issue incorporates our comprehensive coverage of worldwide news, including Garuda Indonesia’s new services from London to Jakarta, the Boeing 737 MAX 200 launch and the official opening of Jet2.com’s multi-million pound training facility, plus all of our regular sections covering the latest commercial aircraft acquisitions, up-to-date accident reports and developments from the world of aviation training.
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