Category Archives: Airports

How to do a huge new airport, Mexico city style

Mexico City’s planned new mega-airport smells of ditchwater. Not in a bad way, mind. Reports earlier this month carried the announcement from the country’s president that the country’s biggest airport, Benito Juarez, is to be replaced as it can’t be … Continue reading

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UK airports: Boris Island crash-lands

There’s been a lot of talk in the UK recently about the relative merits of expanding our biggest and busiest airport, London Heathrow, or building an entirely new one in the Thames Estuary as London Mayor Boris Johnson still wants. … Continue reading

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Could London learn from Sydney airport plans?

First Istanbul, now Sydney. Another commercial capital city is planning to build a new airport as London continues dragging its feet. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced on Tuesday that Sydney would be getting a second airport, to the west of the … Continue reading

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Boris’ doublespeak on London airports

London mayor Boris Johnson is still fighting hard for his plans for a brand-new London airport to be taken seriously, in spite of his plan being left out of a report on airport expansion options published by the government on Tuesday. Which … Continue reading

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Boris’ London airport plans: unpicking the finance

It is not only “the establishment”, “the Treasury” and “the CBI*” who don’t support London mayor Boris Johnson’s plans for a new giant London airport, as Boris himself said in an interview with the Financial Times last week. It’s private capital. Even … Continue reading

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Has the Welsh government gone mad?

That’s my reaction on seeing the news (a few days ago, I know) that it has finally made good on its intention to nationalise Cardiff Airport. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not taking a view for or against nationalisation. It’s … Continue reading

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Boris’ canny airport advisers

Buried near the bottom of the “world-class team” of advisers announced this week by London mayor Boris Johnson to develop a new hub airport for London is the name Ernst & Young, who will, we’re told, advise on “commercial viability”. … Continue reading

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