Airports

Let the gruesome legal battle over Heathrow commence

25 October 2016 12:25

When the history comes to be written of Britain’s descent from a democracy to a krytocracy, the story of Heathrow’s…

Heathrow or Gatwick: What are Theresa May’s options?

25 October 2016 9:24

Today, after years of delay, we’ll finally learn what the Government’s answer is to the airport question. Both supporters and…

Brexit won’t mean more expensive flights for Brits. Here’s why.

1 March 2016 9:09

We’ve been warned that Brexit could spell the end of cheap travel. But is it really true that Britain voting…

Government decides to put off making a decision on airports

10 December 2015 20:51

‘This is a government that delivers,’ declared David Cameron in a speech on Monday. It’s a good thing he wasn’t…

London Heathrow, obviously

1 July 2015 10:46

A wise man looks at all the facts. The pros, the cons. Weighs up all the arguments. Takes the emotion…

Heathrow Hub’s case for London airport expansion

29 April 2015 17:28

Britain’s airport wars are still ongoing. After the election, the Davies Commission is expected to announce how to expand capacity. The…

Why Bombay airport is the greatest 21st century building – and what we can learn from it

7 October 2014 11:10

‘If I had to say which was telling the truth about society, a speech by a minister of housing or…

Airports are hell – no wonder staycations are growing in popularity

28 July 2014 13:10

Last week I experienced the horror of Stansted Airport. I had paid for a fast track through security to avoid…

Airports Commission focuses on new runways at Heathrow and Gatwick

17 December 2013 7:24

In the past few minutes, the Airports Commission has published its interim report. It’s the first big opportunity for there…

Briefing: The Davies Airport Commission

16 December 2013 21:59

What’s happening? Tomorrow, former CBI economist Howard Davies will release an interim report on the options for expanding Britain’s airport…

What about airports, Danny?

27 June 2013 12:53

Danny Alexander has delivered his eagerly anticipated infrastructure statement to the Commons. He described the package as ‘the most comprehensive, ambitious and…

Willie Walsh speaking at the Transport Select Committee this afternoon.

Airports review is doomed to gather dust, British Airways chief warns MPs

4 December 2012 21:39

The government’s airports review will simply end up on a shelf, and major airlines will still be operating from a…

Aviation: Don’t say one thing and do another

20 November 2012 16:32

Some tickets to the Spectator’s next debate, ‘No Ifs, No Buts: Heathrow Must Have a Third Runway’, are still available.…

No ifs, no buts, we need a decision on Heathrow now

13 November 2012 17:30

The Prime Minister presumably believes we face a critical shortage of airport capacity in London. Why else would he signal…

Sir Howard Davies makes himself at home in the long grass

2 November 2012 9:00

The chair of the government’s airports commission was refreshingly honest about the purpose of his review when he appeared on…

Nick Clegg has not dismissed the idea of a four-runway Stansted airport. Picture: Getty.

Clegg mulls airport expansion

15 September 2012 18:09

This country’s willingness to fritter away London’s hub airport status is an act of economic self-harm as the Conservative side…

Boris Johnson is looking for an MP who can lead his campaign against expanding Heathrow in the Commons. Picture: Getty.

Boris seeks rebel representative in the Commons

13 September 2012 13:57

Boris Johnson is on the look-out for a ring-leader in parliament for his push against the expansion of Heathrow, I…

The policy not to have a policy on Heathrow until 2015 exudes a bureaucratic air. Picture: Getty.

The answer lies to the east of Heathrow

10 September 2012 10:55

A retired civil servant of my acquaintance usually provides a telling perspective on the administrative affairs of the day. We discussed…

Boris Johnson at yesterday's Paralympic Marathon. The Mayor is gathering evidence for his own submission to the Davies commission on airport capacity. Picture: Getty

Boris muscles in on Davies’ airport inquiry

10 September 2012 9:48

Boris Johnson has already denied that the work he is carrying out on airport capacity in London is a rival…

Osborne’s grim morning

22 July 2012 13:22

‘Unfortunately, it’s not enough.’ That is, broadly, the conclusion of John Longworth, the director of the British Chamber of Commerce,…

Failing to build another runway is economic self-harm

12 July 2012 16:15

The continuing failure to build another runway in the south east, let alone a new airport, is an act of…

Boris beats two loud drums

18 June 2012 16:30

Boris Johnson’s interventions today are another reminder of his ability to please the Tory tribe, and be a thorn in…

The coalition needs to get a move on

19 March 2012 15:03

David Cameron’s speech today says all the right things about infrastructure. But the test will be whether Cameron forces these…

The government’s airport conundrum

21 November 2011 11:45

There is a growing acceptance in government that the South East needs more airport capacity. But, as today’s Times outlines,…

How will Greening deal with the airports issue?

16 October 2011 14:09

One Cabinet minister fretted to me yesterday about the implications of Justine Greening’s appointment as Secretary of State for Transport.…