The Need for New Airport Capacity for the South East. Michele Dix Managing Director – TfL Planning. Contents. Demand The importance of aviation Environmental impacts London’s airports. The importance of a hub airport The need to plan for growth Future options.
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The Need for New Airport Capacity for the South East Michele Dix Managing Director – TfL Planning
Contents • Demand • The importance of aviation • Environmental impacts • London’s airports The importance of a hub airport The need to plan for growth Future options
London’s primary airports Luton: 1 runway 8.5m pax Stansted: 1 runway 18.5m pax + Supported by a number of smaller regional and non-commercial airports. Regional airports such as Birmingham and Southampton have a limited influence (demand figures, CAA, 2010) Heathrow: 2 runways 66m pax London City: 1 runway 3m pax Gatwick: 1 runway 31m pax
The UK and London’s air markets • In 2010 the UK’s airports handled 211m passengers • London’s five main airports handled 60% of this • 75% of London’s demand is for leisure travel and 25% for business • 25% of passengers across Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted are making connections – they do not make a terminating journey at the airport
Where are passengers travelling to and from? • 45% from GLA • Demand relatively evenly spread but significant local catchments
London airports’ passenger market (2009 CAA passenger data) Area of pie denotes demand
London’s airports – annual demand/flights in comparison with other European cities
London’s existing airports Daily Departures: Destinations served and flight frequency 200 Number of destinations served 160 120 Area of circle denotes number of flights per day 80 40 0
Demand is growing… UK-wide Air Passenger Demand Forecasts: DfT, 2009 • Demand for air travel is growing around the world • It is closely correlated with wealth creation and Globalisation, so will continue to grow
Historically London’s airport growth has been incremental – recent focus on terminals not runways Both are needed! But capacity isn’t
Growth is needed – London’s airports are full • Runway capacity is the greatest capacity constraint • Heathrow • world’s busiest international airport with 66m passenger in 2009 • runways operating at 99% of their capacity • In the past 20 years flight sector times from Schiphol have increased from 60 to 90 minutes • Gatwick • world’s busiest single runway airport with 32m passengers in 2009 • Operating at 95% of its capacity • Stansted, Luton and City have some spare capacity but this is minimal in the overall London context
Does it matter? • We are an island nation participating in a global economy • Aviation generates substantial economic and quality of life benefits However - • Aviation is responsible for huge environmental impacts It is therefore a wide-ranging, significant, and emotive issue
Aviation benefits everyone • 4 out of 5 trips to or from the UK are made by air • In 2009 47% of the UK’s population flew at least once • £100bn of goods were exported or imported by air • Aviation and its supply chain accounts for around 1.5% of UK GDP (£19bn) • London’s primary airports account for 80,000 jobs and a further 70,000 in their supply chains • Aviation is worth about £8bn a year to the UK Exchequer in tax receipts and duties
Aviation can be a cornerstone of the Government’s ambitions for Economic Growth • As the world becomes more globalised, there is a need to connect to more cities in emerging markets such as Brazil, Russia, India and China • Sectors vital to economic growth are aviation intensive: pharmaceuticals, high-quality and innovative manufacturing and scientific research as well as finance and business services • Airports play vital roles in regional economies and so could lead a rebalancing of London’s economy towards the east • The Government published an ambitious Tourism Strategy this month and airport capacity needs to grow to improve our position in an increasingly competitive market
But what is the Government doing? • In May 2010 the Coalition withdrew its support for Heathrow’s third runway and stated that it would not support future runway expansion at Heathrow, Stansted or Gatwick • It set up the South East Airport Task Force to look at quality of service at the London’s ‘big three’ – NOT CAPACITY FOCUSSED • DfT embarking upon new aviation strategy ‘A Sustainable Framework for Aviation’ • Scoping study to be published March 2011 • DfT currently reviewing demand figures, Commission on Climate Change (CCC) findings and Regulatory arrangements – to be reported in Summer 2011 • Government wants to have a growth-led deficit reduction and rebalancing of economy
Localised Environmental Impacts of Aviation • While airports can have tremendous benefits, they can also have a detrimental impact on their local environment in terms of air quality and noise pollution • Heathrow’s – located within densely populated area, and flight paths over London - is unsuitable for further expansion • Improvements in technology could mitigate the effects of a new airport • Crucially, any new airport capacity would be sited and designed so as to minimise the noise and air quality impacts
New aeroplane technology • Aeroplanes are getting cleaner and quieter: • Engines are becoming more efficient • Aircraft bodies are becoming lighter through the use of lightweight composite materials • Progress has been made in aerodynamics allowing planes to take off using lower thrusts • Progress upon biofuels
Strategic Context – Expansion is both desirable and permissible • Substantial growth in aviation is both desirable economically and permissible within environmental limits • An airport handling 85mppa could be built in the South East • Key findings: • London’s economy is reliant on its good international links and failure to safeguard and develop these could see London lose out
Additional capacity in context Heathrow 66m Additional capacity Gatwick 31m 85m Stansted 18.5m Luton 8.5m London City 3m Figures for 2010 (CAA)
Is incremental expansion at London’s existing airports the best way to meet demand? • There is spare capacity at some of London’s airports. • At Stansted and Luton it is at unattractive times of the day to the current operators • It is not enough to provide for an extra 85mppa • Two new runways at existing airports could provide close to 85mppa • However, would require improved terminal and surface access capacity wherever it occurred • At Heathrow, a new runway would be detrimental to the quality of life of millions of people • Adding a new runway at Stansted or Gatwick (or both) would still be unable to facilitate full hub operations • Incremental improvements are inefficient. Spreading costs and disbenefits across the South East without securing a world-class hub airport for London
Can High Speed Rail play a role? • HSR’s ability to substitute for aviation demand is limited • Majority of aviation trips not viable by other modes • HS2 • Cost ~£30bn • Delivery ~2026 (phase 1) • Delivery ~2033 (phase 2) • Capacity 18tph (~30,000 pph) • Birmingham 46min • Edinburgh 3hr 30 • Glasgow 3hr 30 • HS1 • Continent within reach • Paris 2h 15min • Brussels 1h 45min • Amsterdam ~4hr • Frankfurt ~4h 30m • BUT capacity constrained through the Tunnel N. America S. America S. Europe / Africa
Potential role of High Speed Rail is limited • Excellent substitute for air travel for city centre to city centre travel where the journey time by rail is under 4 hours • High speed rail could remove a number of domestic flights as well as some to near Continent cities such as Paris, Brussels and Frankfurt. • this is likely to be only a maximum of 8-10% of total demand at Heathrow = large gap
Challenges and opportunities for growth at London’s airports • Airport Ownership and Governance • Airport Planning System • Regulatory Burden • Raising Capital • Surface Access Links
A Hub Airport • Although point to point flying is of importance to passengers, frequency of flights is equally important, especially to business passengers. • A hub airport can offer a wider range of destinations at higher frequencies than its catchment area would typically justify due to a interlining passengers • ‘Interlining passengers’ help ‘fill up’ planes so enabling the airport to offer higher frequencies for certain routes and/or a wider set of routes , particular for long haul flights. • A hub airport needs at least two runways (most new ones have at least 4 now) with good terminal facilities to allow incoming flights to readily connect with other flights (ie to accommodate interlining passengers).
Competing hubs are developing across Europe Schiphol 5 runways 44 mppa Frankfurt 4 runways by 2012 51 mppa Charles de Gaulle 4 runways 58 mppa Frankfurt Airport. Two terminals. 3 runways. A third terminal and fourth runway are under construction. A hub for Lufthansa for their extensive long-haul offer. Madrid – Barajas 4 runways 48 mppa Madrid Barajas. Terminal 4 and 2 new runways opened in 2006. Functions as a major hub for the OneworldAlliance with flights to hundreds of destinations with a strong link to emerging markets in South America.
Competition is growing in the Middle East 16 hours direct Los Angeles Dubai – new 5 runway airport under construction 14 hours direct Sydney The growth of Middle eastern airlines and additional airport capacity in places such as Dubai and Abu Dhabi are creating new global hubs midway between the Americas and Asia/Australia
London can have two hubs • There is no independent evidence to say otherwise • New York has two hub airports – JFK and Newark which compete with each other • Heathrow would not have to close if a new airport were to be constructed. A new hub would cater for additional demand. • pressure on Heathrow could be relieved • Could enhance the long-term viability of Heathrow as an attractive gateway airport • Each hub could serve competing airline alliances
What happens if we do nothing? • If we fail to provide for growth via a hub airport, London and so the UK lose out • Heathrow is losing traffic. It is coming under increasing competition from other hub airports • Airlines and their support services are footloose. They have a choice • London is at risk of continuing to lose traffic from key global aviation players. • Carriers ‘excluded’ from their first choice airport due to lack of capacity, will build their businesses elsewhere in Europe. • Qantas has intimated that if capacity problems in London continue, it would relocate its European hub to Berlin • This has no global environmental benefit, and diverts commerce away from the UK.