The issue with using Northolt as a full time commercial airport – according to an ex-NATS friend of mine – lies not with runway length, but the 07/25 runway orientation, which doesn’t align well with 09/27 LHR operations.
But I am in total agreement with you regarding the choice of an additional runway (or runways) at LHR, LGW, or indeed both. The government should just get out of the way, and let private – and only private – finance decide where to invest their money.
BTW, the NATS planning documents seem to anticipate 2 additional runways at LHR.
- This reply was modified 11 months, 3 weeks ago by PhilipHart.