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Heathrow Is Preferred Runway Choice, Sources

Heathrow Is Preferred Runway Choice, Sources

Heathrow is expected to be named as the preferred site for London's new runway, according to Sky News sources. The report in…

  • Aviation Experts Warn of Disaster After Drone’s Near-Miss With Airbus
    Aviation Experts Warn of Disaster After Drone’s Near-Miss With Airbus Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    A drone narrowly missed a commercial aircraft coming in to land at Heathrow in the second such incident in less than a year. More »

  • Kuwait-Bound Plane In Emergency UK Landing
    Kuwait-Bound Plane In Emergency UK Landing Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    A plane travelling from New York to Kuwait City has landed at Heathrow airport after declaring a state of emergency. More »

  • IAG says Aer Lingus would continue to work with long-haul rivals - source
    IAG says Aer Lingus would continue to work with long-haul rivals - source Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    (Reuters) - Seeking to win approval for its proposed takeover of Aer Lingus , British Airways owner IAG has told EU officials the Irish carrier would maintain commercial deals with its rivals on long-haul flights via London, a source told Reuters. The European Commission said on Thursday that it had extended the deadline for its decision on whether to approve IAG's 1.3-billion-euro ($1.5 billion) bid for the Irish airline to July 15 after receiving competition concessions, but it did not give any details. The source, who has knowledge of IAG's submission of proposed concessions, also told Reuters that IAG had not offered to surrender any slots at London's Heathrow Airport currently controlled by IAG or Aer Lingus following the proposed takeover. More »

  • African Union calls on UK to release Rwanda's spy chief Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    By Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - The African Union has called for Britain to release Rwanda's intelligence chief after his arrest on a warrant issued by Spain, which accuses him of killings after the 1994 genocide, Rwanda's foreign minister said on Friday. British police arrested Karenzi Karake, 54, at Heathrow airport on Saturday on a warrant issued in Spain, a move the Rwandan government condemned as an "outrage". After a meeting of the African Union's Peace and Security Council, Rwandan Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo told reporters in Addis Ababa the continental body had asked for Karake's release. More »

  • Rwandan spy chief tells UK court he will fight extradition to Spain
    Rwandan spy chief tells UK court he will fight extradition to Spain Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Rwanda's intelligence chief Karenzi Karake told a London court on Thursday he did not consent to being extradited to Spain, where he is accused of engaging in reprisal killings after the east African country's 1994 genocide. British police arrested Karake, 54, at Heathrow airport on Saturday on a warrant issued in Spain and have since held him in custody. Asked whether he consented to extradition, Karake said from the dock: "I do not." Cherie Blair, the barrister wife of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, advised Karake's defence team as they successfully applied for bail ahead of a full extradition hearing in October. More »

  • Gatwick Boss: New Runway Is Only Real Option
    Gatwick Boss: New Runway Is Only Real Option Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Expansion of Gatwick is the only "deliverable" solution to capacity problems at UK airports, according to the airport’s chief executive Stewart Wingate. In an interview with Sky News, Mr Wingate said that a new runway at Gatwick offered a cheaper, quicker and better alternative for plane passengers than a Heathrow expansion. Mr Wingate said that even if Heathrow got the nod over Gatwick for a new runway, there could be intense opposition to that expansion, causing long delays and an eventual reappraisal of the Gatwick bid. More »

  • IAG offers concessions in bid for EU approval for Aer Lingus deal
    IAG offers concessions in bid for EU approval for Aer Lingus deal Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British Airways-owner IAG has offered concessions in an attempt to win European Union regulatory approval for its planned acquisition of a 25 percent stake in Ireland's Aer Lingus , the European Commission said on Thursday. IAG wants to expand lucrative transatlantic services from Dublin airport where there is spare capacity, unlike London's Heathrow where its biggest unit, British Airways, is based. The Commission said it had extended the deadline for its decision on the bid to July 15 from July 1. More »

  • Why Rwanda’s intelligence chief was arrested in Britain Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Lt. Gen. Karenzi Karake, director general of the National Intelligence and Security Services of Rwanda, was detained at London's Heathrow airport on Saturday, on a European Arrest Warrant on behalf of the authorities in Spain, where he is wanted in connection with war crimes against civilians, the BBC reported. “He went to London on official business on June 14th,”  Johnston Busingye, Rwanda’s attorney general and minister of justice said, Channel 4 reported. More »

  • Rwandan general arrested in the UK on Spain's behalf Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — A Rwandan military general was arrested at London's Heathrow Airport and will appear in court later this week, British police said Tuesday, prompting an angry response from Rwandan leaders. More »

  • Rwanda calls arrest by UK of spy chief an 'outrage' Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    By Clement Uwiringiyimana KIGALI (Reuters) - Rwanda said it was an "outrage" for Britain to arrest its intelligence chief at the request of Spain, which wants him on war crimes charges, and suggested Western states were swayed by those behind the 1994 genocide. Karenzi Karake, 54, director general of Rwanda's National Intelligence and Security Services, was arrested at London Heathrow Airport on Saturday, British police said. "Western solidarity in demeaning Africans is unacceptable!! It is an outrage to arrest Rwandan official based on pro-genocidaires lunacy!" Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo wrote on her Twitter account. More »

  • Rwanda Slams Arrest Of Spy Chief As 'Lunacy'
    Rwanda Slams Arrest Of Spy Chief As 'Lunacy' Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Rwanda's foreign minister has criticised the arrest of the country's spy chief, held in London in connection with war crimes allegations. General Emmanuel Karenzi Karake,  director general of the African country's National Intelligence and Security Services, was arrested at London Heathrow Airport at the weekend. He was detained on a European arrest warrant issued by Spain, where he is suspected of involvement in genocide, according to officials. More »

  • Rwandan chief's arrest 'an insult'
    Rwandan chief's arrest 'an insult' Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    The arrest of a Rwandan intelligence chief at Heathrow Airport over war crimes allegations has been condemned by the country's high commissioner in London. More »

  • British police arrest Rwandan spy chief Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    British police arrested Rwandan intelligence chief Karenzi Karake at the request of Spain, where he is wanted in connection with war crimes. Karake, director general of the African country's National Intelligence and Security Services, was arrested at London Heathrow Airport on Saturday, British police said on Monday. "Karenzi Karake, 54, a Rwandan national appeared before Westminster Magistrates' Court ... after being arrested on a European Arrest Warrant on behalf of the authorities in Spain, where he is wanted in connection with war crimes against civilians," the police said in an emailed statement. More »

  • Britain braces for political showdown over long-awaited airport decision
    Britain braces for political showdown over long-awaited airport decision Sun, Jun 21, 2015

    By Sarah Young LONDON (Reuters) - A decades-long battle to expand Britain's overcrowded airports is set for a crunch decision in the coming weeks, as the world's fifth-largest economy seeks to resolve a row that has bedevilled successive governments and risks choking economic growth. Now a government-appointed Airports Commission will emerge from three years of consideration to say in the next few weeks whether the necessary capacity should be built at Heathrow or Gatwick. It's a politically toxic issue that poses personal risks to Prime Minister David Cameron, who oversees a cabinet that is split on the issue and in 2009 before taking office told an audience of potential voters living under the Heathrow flight path that a third runway there would not happen - "no ifs, no buts" about it. More »

  • Stowaway Plunges To Death From BA Plane
    Stowaway Plunges To Death From BA Plane Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    A stowaway has died after falling from a British Airways jet onto a shop's headquarters in southwest London. He and another man are believed to have clung on to the passenger plane as it flew more than 8,000 miles from Johannesburg in South Africa to Heathrow. The second man, aged between 25 and 30, is in a critical condition in a west London hospital after miraculously surviving the ordeal. More »

  • Exclusive: IAG bid for Aer Lingus unlikely to win unconditional EU approval …
    Exclusive: IAG bid for Aer Lingus unlikely to win unconditional EU approval … Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British Airways-owner IAG may have to offer concessions after EU anti-trust regulators expressed concerns over a planned acquisition of 25 percent of Ireland's Aer Lingus , two people familiar with the matter said on Friday. IAG is looking to expand lucrative transatlantic services from Dublin airport with the deal. Dublin offers spare capacity, unlike London's Heathrow, where British Airways, IAG's biggest unit, is based. More »

  • Plane Stowaway's Body Found On Roof Of London Shop After Death Plunge
    Plane Stowaway's Body Found On Roof Of London Shop After Death Plunge Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    The body of a suspected stowaway has been found on the roof of a high street building after falling from a Heathrow-bound plane. More »

  • Body found in London street 'fell from BA plane'
    Body found in London street 'fell from BA plane' Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    British police were investigating newspaper reports on Friday that a body found on the roof of a building in southwest London was that of a stowaway who had fallen from the undercarriage of a plane as it came in to land from South Africa. Shortly before, another man had been found unconscious in the undercarriage of a British Airways jet that had just arrived at nearby Heathrow airport from Johannesburg. "At this time there is no evidence to link the death to the discovery of a stowaway in the undercarriage of a plane at Heathrow Airport," police said in a statement. More »

  • Topless Briton Arrives Back From Malaysia
    Topless Briton Arrives Back From Malaysia Sun, Jun 14, 2015

    Eleanor Hawkins, the British tourist who controversially stripped on a sacred Malaysian mountain, has returned to the UK. The 23-year-old had pleaded guilty to taking her clothes off on Mount Kinabalu on Borneo island on 30 May. Mark Stone, who was at Kuala Lumpur International Airport as she boarded the flight to Heathrow, said: "She was accompanied as she passed through by a woman we believe was a consulate official and a couple of Malaysian officials. More »

  • Zac Goldsmith Announces London Mayoral Run
    Zac Goldsmith Announces London Mayoral Run Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    Tory MP Zac Goldsmith has announced his intention to run for London Mayor - by asking his constituents for their permission. Mr Goldsmith, son of billionaire financier Sir James Goldsmith, told the Evening Standard he had been “approached by many people from across the political spectrum” who had urged him to put his name forward. Mr Goldsmith has long opposed the plans for a third runway at Heathrow and said before the election if a Conservative government voted through proposals he would step down, triggering a by-election. More »

  • Tunnelling Completed On £14bn Crossrail Project
    Tunnelling Completed On £14bn Crossrail Project Thu, Jun 4, 2015

    Tunnelling has been completed in the £14.8bn Crossrail scheme - the biggest construction project anywhere in Europe at present. The plan to build a high-speed rail line connecting Reading in the west to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east, via London stations such as Paddington, Tottenham Court Road, Liverpool Street and Canary Wharf, is hugely ambitious. It aims to bring together all of the capital’s key business locations - Heathrow, the City, the West End and Canary Wharf - on one connected line for the first time. More »

  • McLoughlin Set For Talks With Runway Bidders
    McLoughlin Set For Talks With Runway Bidders Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    Patrick McLoughlin, the Transport Secretary, is to hold a final round of talks with Gatwick and Heathrow airports just days before a recommendation about a new runway that could spark a protracted legal battle. Sky News has learnt that Mr McLoughlin is to visit both London airports in the coming weeks to discuss the prospective financing of their multibillion pound schemes as well as crucial issues such as the environmental impact of new runway capacity. The Transport Secretary will also meet the backers of Heathrow Hub, the third shortlisted contender, which is proposing to extend one of the airport’s runways and divide it into two. More »

  • Manchester Airport to get 1 billion pound upgrade
    Manchester Airport to get 1 billion pound upgrade Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    The owners of Manchester Airport plan to invest 1 billion pounds over 10 years to upgrade Britain's third largest airport and help it compete harder with Heathrow for passengers. Heathrow, Britain's biggest airport, is operating at full capacity and is vying with Gatwick for backing for expansion from a commission due to report this summer. While London's two biggest airports await the outcome of the three-year commission, Manchester Airport, in north west England, has been expanding its long-haul routes, giving passengers an alternative to travelling south to Heathrow. More »

  • U.S. considers airport preclearance centres in nine countries
    U.S. considers airport preclearance centres in nine countries Fri, May 29, 2015

    The Department of Homeland Security said on Friday it is considering expanding airline preclearance operations to 10 new foreign airports in nine countries, most of them in Europe. The department said it was entering negotiations to add preclearance programs in Belgium, the Dominican Republic, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the United Kingdom, where Heathrow and Manchester airports are on the list. Pre-clearance allows U.S. customs officers stationed in other countries to decide if travellers and their baggage can be permitted into the United States. More »

  • Sun Journalist Spared Jail Over Payments
    Sun Journalist Spared Jail Over Payments Fri, May 29, 2015

    The first Sun journalist to be found guilty over payments to a public official has been given an 18 month suspended sentence. Crime reporter Anthony France,  41, from Watford, cultivated a "corrupt relationship" with Pc Timothy Edwards over four years, his trial at the Old Bailey heard. While working at Heathrow Airport in SO15 counter-terrorism command, Edwards, 49, sold 38 stories and titbits of information to the journalist in exchange for more than £22,000. More »

  • Irish Government To Sell Stake In Aer Lingus
    Irish Government To Sell Stake In Aer Lingus Tue, May 26, 2015

    The Irish government has agreed to sell its 25% stake in Aer Lingus to International Airlines Group (IAG), the owner of British Airways. IAG made a €1.36bn (£1bn) offer for Ireland's flag carrier in January, but said any final deal was conditional on acceptance by the Irish state and Ryanair, which owns 29% of Aer Lingus. They related to job security, transatlantic services and a longer guarantee on maintaining connections between Irish airports and London's Heathrow airport, where Aer Lingus holds valuable runway slots. More »

  • Outsourcing firm Mitie's revenue rises 5.8 percent, expects 2015 growth Mon, May 18, 2015

    By Li-mei Hoang LONDON (Reuters) - British outsourcer Mitie posted a 5.8 percent rise in annual revenue due to a strong performance in its facilities management business, and said it was well positioned for growth for the year ahead. The company, which runs services from maintenance and cleaning to baggage screening at London's Heathrow airport, also raised its dividend by 6.4 percent to 11.7 pence per share. Mitie said full-year revenue rose to 2.26 billion pounds for the year ended March 31, from 2.1 billion a year earlier. Chief Executive Ruby McGregor-Smith said she expected opportunities in the outsourcing market to grow after the firm secured 85 percent of budgeted revenue for the year ahead. More »

  • Heathrow expansion 'not likely'
    Heathrow expansion 'not likely' Tue, May 12, 2015

    Boris Johnson said he believed the chances of the new Conservative government backing the expansion of Heathrow was "virtually nil" as he vowed to continue his fight against a new runway in Parliament. More »

  • London neighbours say 'Flash Crash' suspect showed no sign of wealt … Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    By Alistair Smout LONDON (Reuters) - The small suburban house in the flight path of London's Heathrow airport gave no clue to neighbours that it was headquarters of a man accused of earning millions through fraud, and helping cause a trillion dollar "flash crash" on U.S. stock markets. Navinder Singh Sarao is fighting extradition from Britain to face accusations he gamed the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the largest U.S. futures market, using custom-made software that contributed to the brief May, 2010 crash. His company is registered at his parents' home, a modest white pebble-dash semi-detached house in Hounslow, a working class neighbourhood on London's western outskirts, where neighbours said he never showed signs of wealth. Sarao told a London court he did not consent to extradition. More »

  • Pilot Arrested With Knives At Heathrow
    Pilot Arrested With Knives At Heathrow Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    A pilot who was due to fly more than 250 passengers from London to Hong Kong has been arrested for allegedly carrying a knife. The pilot with Cathay Pacific, who is thought to be 61, was held around an hour before his Boeing 777 was due to take off from Heathrow on Saturday evening. The pilot was taken to a local police station and was later bailed until next month. A Met Police spokesman said: "On Saturday at around 9.10pm police at Heathrow Airport were called to a staff search area after a search of a member of flight crew, for a flight later that night, found them in possession of some knives. More »

  • Pilot held 'after knives seized'
    Pilot held 'after knives seized' Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    An airline pilot due to fly more than 250 passengers from London to Hong Kong has been arrested at Heathrow for alleged possession of knives. More »

  • Govt Banks On Advice As Runway Verdict Looms
    Govt Banks On Advice As Runway Verdict Looms Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    Sky News has learnt that the Department for Transport (DfT) has appointed Rothschild to help evaluate Gatwick and Heathrow's rival expansion proposals, either of which would rank among Britain's biggest-ever infrastructure projects. Sources said on Thursday that Rothschild would provide advice to ministers and officials in the wake of the publication of the final report of The Airports Commission, which is expected during the summer. Sir Howard Davies, the Commission's chairman, will recommend the provision of a new runway at either Gatwick or Heathrow , and Labour and the Conservatives have been urged by business lobbying groups to make a swift decision about implementation. More »

  • Hundreds Of Flights Cancelled By France Strike
    Hundreds Of Flights Cancelled By France Strike Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    Hundreds of flights to and from Britain have been cancelled due to a strike by air traffic controllers in France. No frills airline Ryanair said it had axed more than 250 services while British Airways has warned of significant delays for the next 48 hours. Departure and arrivals boards at Heathrow suggested most European flights were either delayed or cancelled, affecting tens of thousands of passengers during the Easter break. British Airways said: "Unfortunately there will be some knock-on delays to other parts of our short-haul network as a result of the strike action, given how much airspace in Europe will be affected. More »

  • Major sandstorm disrupts air traffic in UAE, Gulf region
    Major sandstorm disrupts air traffic in UAE, Gulf region Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    By Nadia Saleem DUBAI (Reuters) - A major sandstorm across the United Arab Emirates disrupted flights at Dubai's two international airports on Thursday and caused delays at other air transport centres in the Gulf, according to authorities. The thick orange haze that had blanketed Saudi Arabia on Wednesday moved eastwards and severely reduced visibility, threatening to continue delays and cancellations for the rest of the day, the Dubai Airports live flight status website showed. Dubai International was the world's busiest airport for international passenger traffic in 2014, replacing London's Heathrow for the first time, as 70.5 million passengers travelled through the airport. More »

  • UAE sandstorm disrupts air traffic in Dubai and Abu Dhabi Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    By Nadia Saleem DUBAI (Reuters) - A major sandstorm across the United Arab Emirates has disrupted air traffic at airports in Dubai on Thursday, according to authorities, while online flight data showed Abu Dhabi was also impacted by the bad weather. "Normal operations have been disrupted at Dubai International (DXB) and Al Maktoum International (DWC) due to bad weather across the GCC," Dubai Airports, which operates both airports in the emirate, said on its website. Dubai International was the world's busiest airport for international passenger traffic in 2014, replacing Heathrow for the first time, as 70.5 million passengers travelled through the airport. In a later emailed statement, Dubai Airports said delays were anticipated and it was working with all airlines to minimise disruption. More »