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    David Burbage MBE was Leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council from 2007-2016. This blog : Promoted by Geoff Hill on behalf of David Burbage and all other Windsor and Maidenhead Conservative candidates, all of 2 Castle End Farm, Ruscombe, Berkshire RG10 9XQ
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Business backs 3rd runway

Posted by davidburbage on September 15, 2008

At least according to this article on the BBC.

Improving the number of long haul flights available at Heathrow and removing some of the short haul flights is one way of maintaining viability. I remain amazed at the blind spot of modern business where such a lot more is done via email than ever before, that the ease of travel across the world is seen as a business winner / loser. Sure, people travel around the world on business, but so much more is done online nowadays which renders the ‘must have the biggest airport’ argument less significant.

Everyone I speak to prefers smaller airports; certainly, it’s easier and cheaper to park/walk/board at the smaller airports even if you don’t have some huge retail offering to accompany you as you get to the departure lounges!

It’s probably harder work as an airline to run multiple airports, and less profitable as an airport operator to run smaller airports, but they’re better.

We don’t have a Tesco in every town because it would be cheaper and better for the supermarket and their suppliers to operate one big one that can stock more products, in London …..


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