Sunday 19 November 2017

O'Leary supports Stansted airport's plan for expansion

Ryanair chief Michael O’Leary
Ryanair chief Michael O’Leary

Chris Jasper

Ryanair's Michael O'Leary gave his support to London's Stansted airport which said yesterday that it should play a key role in boosting UK flight capacity, either via the addition of a single-runway as part of a multi-airport plan or through its expansion into the country's sole hub.

Mr O'Leary said that while there's no reason Heathrow shouldn't be expanded, it's vital that other airports also grow. Ryanair is Stansted's biggest customer.

"The only – and best – way forward is to gain additional runway capacity at each of the three existing airports," Mr O'Leary said. "We are against just adding runways at one airport."

Stansted is pitching growth plans after Heathrow airport said this week it should remain Britain's sole hub and submitted three alternative proposals to add a third runway, taking its capacity to 130 million passengers by 2025-29.

Boris Johnson, London's mayor, has said an expanded Heathrow would be too noisy.

Irish Independent

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