The Runway Debate Rumbles On…

The debate over the runway capacity of the South East, and the demands that are to come in future years, has rumbled on these last few weeks after a speech from the head of the Airports Commission, Sir Howard Davies.

The Airports Commission has come to the “provisional conclusion” that extra runway capacity would be needed in the South East over the coming decades, and that to rely on existing runways would lead to “a distinctly sub-optimal solution”.

There will be excess demand, even taking into account regional airports and a conservative view of future aviation demand, which does point to the need for a new runway infrastructure in the South East.

AIQ welcomes these developments and are glad that the airport capacity issue is being reviewed. The Department for Transport’s UK Aviation Forecast in January 2013 has already found that demand for air travel is forecast to increase within the range of 1% – 3% a year up to 2050, with the major South East airports predicted to be full by 2030.

With these statistics, as well as passenger numbers predicted to be 445 million by 2050, AiQ also recognises that extra runway capacity is needed in the South East. Heathrow is already operating at 98% of its capacity, with any small disruptions such as bad weather causing unnecessary delays and cancellations, due to CAA regulations.

With our work within many UK airports, it will be interesting to see if the solution is focussed on purely the hub airport or separate solutions for all airport types  – Hub/Regional and Low Cost. Will it be one solution fits all or separate solutions tailored to each?

AIQ have worked with airports, airlines, handlers and more over many years to realise capacity and optimise efficiencies. Our solutions offer clients the opportunity to fully realise the capacity they have on site without the need for further investment or justify investment. From baggage handling, to apron traffic, to cost efficient Pop Up airports, our team have worked with stakeholders and clients to analyse, project manage and implement many different solutions.

Even if airports are struggling with capacity, we can work with them to free up vital resources to enable better passenger experience and improved efficiency. To find out more, view our case studies or contact us