• 29 Nov 2016

    The Liberal Democrats claim they’re “closing the gap” on sitting MP Zac Goldsmith in the Richmond by-election. The former Conservative MP triggered the vote over his opposition to the Government’s Heathrow expansion plans.

  • 1 Jul 2015

    Heathrow third runway: business says ‘pick up the shovel’

    It’s taken a three-year investigation but today the Airports Commission announced what many had expected – that a third runway at Heathrow is the preferred option to expand the UK’s airport capacity.

  • 1 Jul 2015

    Heathrow report ‘steaming poo’ for Cameron – senior Tory

    The pre-briefing on Sir Howard Davies’ report on airport capacity focused on the Gatwick caveat – we like Heathrow but Gatwick will do. The final report is written nothing like that.

  • 17 Dec 2013

    Gatwick: the dark horse for airport expansion

    As the battle builds between supporters of an expansion of Heathrow and those who want a “Boris Island” in the Thames Estuary, Gatwick’s expansion plans have been largely overlooked.

  • 2 Nov 2012

    Birmingham and Manchester both told us they are running at about 60 per cent capacity, compared to Heathrow, which is still pretty much stretched to the limit at 99.2 per cent.

  • 4 Sep 2012

    McLoughlin’s ‘open mind’ on third runway

    Despite the removal of Justine Greening from the Department of Transport, a third runway at Heathrow in the next parliament looks unlikely.

  • 29 Aug 2012

    Once a vocal environmentalist, Tim Yeo MP now thinks we could cover the whole of Surrey with runways and get away with the same carbon footprint. Whether we’d want to is another matter.

  • 28 Aug 2012

    Tim Yeo gets personal

    Gary Gibbon blogs on how Tim Yeo’s very personal attack on the Prime Minister strikes a chord with a lot of Tory MPs.

  • 3 May 2012

    Playing down the meltdown at Heathrow’s border control earlier this week, Damian Green told MPs: “I stress to the House that our information shows that queuing times bore no resemblance to some of the wilder suggestions.” But with these “wilder suggestions” coming from the airlines and passengers themselves, it’s little wonder that British Airways’ chief executive Willie Walsh accused the minister was “misleading” the public over the extent of waiting times at passport control. Mr Walsh told Channel 4 News: “I think he was certainly misleading when he told people that the maximum queue was 90 minutes when we know it went well beyond that – and not just on one occasion.” Who’s right? FactCheck jets in.

  • 7 Nov 2011

    Email reveals Border Agency ‘chaos’ at Heathrow

    What is most interesting about an email from a senior manager at the UKBA to all immigration staff at Heathrow Terminal 5 is the reference to how border staff “are no longer able to suspend Secure ID except in the most exceptional circumstances. The Home Secretary has not given us that flexibility”.

  • 14 Feb 2011

    Welcome to the UK. Hurry up and wait!

    Re-entering the UK through Heathrow’s Terminal 3, courtesy of Egypt Air, felt as if the pre-Christmas ice age and its consequences were still with us.

  • 7 Dec 2009

    Liquid bomb airport checks: what's it all about?

    A genuine “liquid bomb threat” or an attempt to sustain a level of anti-terror hysteria to justify expenditure on the “war on terror”? Jon Snow blogs from the airport for Channel 4 News.