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The View from 22 special: the airport conundrum: is competition the key?

20 September 2013

11:46 AM

20 September 2013

11:46 AM

In association with Gatwick Airport

Does Britain really need a new airport, or simply more competition between existing ones? In this special View from 22 podcast, the Spectator’s editor Fraser Nelson discusses whether the current and future patterns of air travel mean Britain needs a new airport at all, the pros and cons of various expansion options, which option would see the best deal for passengers and the importance of air travel to economic growth.


Joining the panel are Stewart Wingate, CEO of Gatwick Airport, Margot James, the Conservative MP for Stourbridge and member of the No.10 policy unit, and Eamonn Butler, director and co-founder of the Adam Smith Institute.

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The View from 22 in association with Gatwick — the airport conundrum. Length: 27:42

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  • dalai guevara

    The embedded player does not work, again.
    Let me guess what Fraser is pointing out: we do not need Mitterand-style Grands Projets that only serve a centralist outlook.

    We need a network of well connected infrastructure to connect the vast, empty and depopulated landscapes of Britain with that of the capital which is blown to bits by overcrowding, central planning, concentration of business, humongous house price rises, increasing threats to social conhesion.
    Am I right?

    • HookesLaw

      The population of greater London is about 8 million.
      metropolitan Paris is about 12 million.
      London has always been a magnet since roman times. As Paris shows its not unusual.
      If you drive from Liverpool through Manchseter Bradford and Leeds you will see the rest of Britain is not depopulated.

      • dalai guevara

        You don’t get it.
        Neither Leeds, Manchester nor Liverpool even have a subway. Not even a proper tram system, like Barcelona, Munich, Milan or Thessaloniki. Yet, we are the same size.
        The levels of underinvestment in the periphery are breathtaking.

  • HookesLaw

    Competition between airports is fine, but where does the investment come from to build the capacity to compete with?
    And when a supplier is forced out of the market – what do we do with the extra empty runways?