Heathrow boss calls for his airport's expansion

Heathrow's Chief Executive has told a committee of MPs that the airport must be allowed to expand to boost UK business. Even though other airports around London have spare capacity, Colin Matthews argued that long-haul airlines prefer Heathrow because it can handle more transfer passengers.

He says the airlines can only fill long-haul flights if the departure airport is a hub with lots of short-range links allowing passengers to go there and transfer. He warns that if Heathrow does not expand, airlines will use airports like Paris or Amsterdam instead.


Heathrow expansion inquiry

The head of British Airways parent company has predicted that Heathrow will soon be overtaken by Dubai as the world's biggest international airport.