Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Turbulent times for Heathrow

Airlines chief Willie Walsh has renewed his assault on the Government's tourism policy, warning Heathrow will be eclipsed by faster-growing hub airports and British travellers face tougher travel restrictions from countries frustrated by our visa regime.

Walsh said it was "tragic" that Heathrow would never succeed in getting a third runway because of political failure.

The boss of International Airlines Group, which owns British Airways and Spanish carrier Iberia, said that overcrowded Heathrow would be overtaken by Dubai as the world's busiest hub airport by 2015.

The Irishman said: "None of the political parties will come out to say they want to support Heathrow – it is not going to happen for political reasons."