Report says Heathrow doesn't need to be a 'hub airport'

Heathrow has traditionally been seen as a 'hub airport'. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

A new report by the chief executive of Birmingham Airport says that the Government should expand regional airports elsewhere in the country instead of Heathrow. Paul Kehoe says having a single hub airport like Heathrow "has become rigid aviation orthodox" and wants to examine alternative solutions.

He claims that adding a third runway at Heathrow would only boost passenger capacity by a small amount. Mr Kehoe added that expanding regional airports would help to rebalance the economy away from the South-East.