Heathrow bosses push for hub

Bosses at Heathrow airport will make the case today for the UK to maintain a major hub airport. Colin Matthews, chief executive at Heathrow will launch a report entitled One Hub or None. Currently, Heathrow is the UK's major hub airport.

The need for a major hub forms part of the work of the Whitehall-appointed Aviation Commission, headed by former Financial Services Authority chief Sir Howard Davies. The Heathrow report is being sent to Sir Howard whose team will report on aviation policy to the Government by the end of 2013.

They will give a final report in summer 2015. Mr Matthews is expected to argue that splitting a hub between Heathrow and Gatwick - the so-called Heathwick option - is not practical and that building up other airports as major hubs would not work either.

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