John Holland-Kaye the chief executive of Heathrow today said, due to the coronavirus crisis it could be 10 to 15 years before the UK need a third runway.
“In 10 to 15 years, if we are successful in rebooting the UK economy and getting back to full swing, then I think we will still need a third runway at that point”.
“However, he warned that progress on the development would depend on “how things turn out over the next few years”.
Last week the airport said that all expansion plans would be pushed back by two years at least due to the coronavirus disruption.
Holland-Kaye said that the government needed to do more to help airlines and airports begin flying again, warning that the recovery of the UK economy depended on it: “If you want to get the UK economy started again, you have to get the aviation sector started again”.