UPDATED: New runways for Heathrow and Gatwick on Davies’ shortlist

The Davies Commission on airport capacity in the south-east of England has shortlisted a third runway for Heathrow and a second for Gatwick as possible options, but has not come out decisevly in favour of a scheme for a new island airport in the Thames Estuary. It says that further work will be needed on the ambitious proposal – which has the backing of London Mayor, Boris Johnson – before ... [+]

Leaving room for fruit and veg

Virgin Atlantic has boosted cargo capacity between London and Johannesburg with Airbus A340-600 aircraft during South Africa’s peak perishables season. Switching from a Boeing 747 to the A340-600 operation has given the airline’s cargo division over four tonnes of extra capacity on each of its daily flights. The A340-600 is ... [+]

Istanbul space shortage solved, says Kargosistem

Turkish airfreight agent Kargosistem says that it may have solved persistent and long-running capacity shortages between Istanbul and the UK. Client airline DHL Aviation has increased its capacity and Kargosistem itself has taken the unusual step of buying capacity on an unspecified freighter carrier operating three-times-weekly to London Heathrow. Kargosistem ... [+]

London trade down but prospects are bright

Total trade through the tidal Thames fell by 10% to 43.7 million tonnes during 2012, but there were increased volumes of containers, the Port of London Authority (PLA) announced. The main reason for the 5.1 million tonne reduction in traffic was the closure of the Coryton oil refinery at the ... [+]

Government promises to free up air market

The draft aviation policy framework, published by the Government on 12 July, promised further liberalisation of the UK market to encourage foreign airlines to develop routes from airports other than Heathrow , along measures to improve reliability at Heathrow. It also promised to push for international action on aviation emissions ... [+]

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