November 15, 2012 11:36 pm

Nationalise Heathrow without delay

From Mr Andrew Mitchell.

Sir, If, as Colin Matthews of Heathrow Airport Holdings claims, the airport is a national strategic asset and the only possible site for the UK’s hub airport, then surely it should be nationalised without further delay? (“Capacity crunch costing £14bn in trade, says airport”, November 15.)

A new and experienced operator could then be procured to run the facility in the interests of UK plc, rather than (as at present) for the benefit of a ragbag of Spanish, Qatari and Chinese investors. This would allow decisions about the future of the airport to be taken wholly in the national interest and would also save your readers from the incessant lobbying efforts of the current owner.

Andrew Mitchell, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

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