Dublin 'can't replace need for extra runway' in London
Dublin Airport can't act as a substitute for a new third runway at Heathrow Airport, the London facility's chief executive has insisted.
John Holland-Kaye said that regardless of what IAG intends to do at Dublin if it succeeds in buying Aer Lingus, Heathrow still needs another runway. The airport operates near to capacity.
"Dublin is a great airport, but if you look at what London needs - more long-haul connections to growing global markets, more export capacity - there is only one solution. To expand Heathrow. Dublin won't do it, Gatwick won't do it," Mr Holland-Kaye told the 'Financial Times'.
Stephen Kavanagh - who takes over as Aer Lingus chief executive from the end of this week - agreed that Dublin isn't going to replace the requirement for extra runway capacity in the London area.
"But Dublin has a valid role in the hub structure between Europe and North America," he told the Irish Independent. "It's not just about the UK," he insisted. "Our biggest source market (for passengers using Dublin to fly to North America) in Europe is Paris."