The head of Heathrow's parent company is laying out a case this week to argue effectively that the lack of a third runway is leading airlines to bypass Heathrow for airports in Frankfurt and Paris for future route expansion.
All possible solutions must be examined in any analysis of how Britain maintains a hub airport, the boss of Heathrow owner BAA will say this week.
BAA chief executive Colin Matthews will argue that a hub airport is critical to the UK because of the proven links between international connectivity and economic growth, while claiming point-to-point airports such as Stansted are no substitute, despite their unused capacity.
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