I want a better service when I go to an airport. London airports lack capacity and provide a poor service to the travelling public all too often. They are not assisted by government refusal to put enough border control staff onto the task, and by some of the regulations that contribute to the bad experience of trying to get to the aircraft.
It is wrong in principle that one private sector company owns all three of the main London airports. I think the Competition authorities should tell BAA that if they want to own Heathrow they should not also be able to own its two main competitor airports, or if they want to own Stanstead and Gatwick they should sell Heathrow. We need some competition. Each of these airports need substantial investment:it would be easier for more than one company to raise the money and manage the projects.
It might also produce some innovation. I do want the airlines and airports to offer a greener way of air travel. If we had more runway capacity we would not need to have so many planes flying around in stacks above London waiting for their place in the queues to land.
If we had some vision, planes on the ground could be taken around the airport by surface vehicles pushing or pulling, to spare the main engines until flight.
If we had more airport capacity, airplanes could go straight to a gate and switch off, instead of hanging around on the tarmac with engines running.
If the airport owner streamlined the process of getting to the gates instead of telling people they need to arrive two hours before they can fly anywhere, they could cut the fuel usage and the required capacity of the terminals.