Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Heathrow Lags Behind Its European Rivals in Routes to Key Emerging Nations

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Heathrow Lags Behind Its European Rivals in Routes to Key Emerging Nations

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Byline: Peter Dominiczak City Hall Correspondent

HEATHROW is falling far behind rival European airports with France putting on twice as many flights to key growth economies such as China, it emerged today.

Exclusive research for the Standard reveals that while Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam are increasing routes to countries including China, Russia and Brazil, London is flatlining.

Experts today warned that Heathrow is "stagnating" because of its air capacity crisis and said the UK risks being forced to rely on a rival foreign airport as its main hub.

About 1,700 flights now go from Heathrow to three destinations in mainland China every year, an increase of just three flights per week since 2007.

Heathrow's three main rivals -- Paris Charles de Gaulle, Frankfurt and Amsterdam Schiphol -- are all rapidly increasingly their presence in the Far East.

Research by Innovata, a company which analyses flight schedules, shows that approximately 3,500 flights go to China from Paris every year. Amsterdam Schiphol offers about 2,300 flights annually and the German hub can accommodate more than 2,800.

Ministers were this week warned that Britain will miss out on more than [pounds sterling]100 billion over the next two decades if the Government ignores London's airport crisis.

The Standard yesterday revealed that China's biggest aerospace company chose to base its European headquarters in Paris rather than London because of the French capital's better air links, Heathrow is 99 per cent full and struggling to create space for new flights.

Boris Johnson favours a new airport and has supported plans for a megahub in the Thames Estuary designed by architect Lord Foster.

Airlines and transport experts have called on the Government to revisit the possibility of building a third runway at Heathrow, despite the Coalition cancelling the scheme in one of its first acts in power after the 2010 election. …

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