Heathrow asks for green watchdog

26-11-2008

Heathrow asks for green watchdog
Heathrow airport has asked for an independent assessor to monitor its environmental impact as it seeks a third runway.

Operating company BAA said in a statement released this morning it made the request because it wants to guarantee public confidence in noise levels and air quality limits.

The company faces mistrust after breaking its pledge not to ask for a third runway when it took over the management of Heathrow in 1999.

BAA chief executive Colin Matthews said a watchdog would provide an "uncompromising assurance" that government-set limits would be adhered to.

He said: "We have listened to the many arguments around expansion at Heathrow. Although the economic case remains compelling, we understand that we can only increase the number of flights if we can safeguard levels of noise and air quality."

A third runway would not see the number of flights from Heathrow increase by 50 per cent of current levels, it was announced today.

Instead BAA has said it will only increase the number of flights in and out of Heathrow at peak times and when punctuality has improved.

"The extra flexibility offered by mixed-mode and the third runway will enable Heathrow to match the reliability of its international competitors," Mr Matthews added.

Bookmark with:
Bookmark with: Digg Digg Bookmark with: Del.icio.us Delicious Bookmark with: Reddit Reddit Bookmark with: StumbleUpon StumbleUpon Bookmark with: Google Google Bookmark with: Technorati Technorati Bookmark with: Netvouz Netvouz

Latest News:

Search News
News Front Page
Accountancy / Tax
Advertising / PR
Armed Forces
Automotive
Aviation / Aerospace
Banking / Finance
Charities / Voluntary
Childcare / Youth
Construction / Property
Customer Services
Education / Training / Teaching
Emergency Services
Engineering / Electronics
Entertainment / TV / Theatre
Graduate Roles
Health / Beauty
Hotel / Catering / Restaurants
HR / Recruitment
Insurance / Pensions
International / Overseas
IT / Internet
Legal
Management / Business
Manufacturing / Industry
Media / New Media / Creative
Medical / Healthcare
Pharmaceutical Industry
Public Sector
Retail / Wholesale
Sales / Purchasing / Marketing
Science / Technology
Secretarial / PA / Admin
Skilled / Semi-skilled Manual
Telecommunications
Transport / Logistics
Travel / Tourism / Leisure