Heathrow will ‘struggle’ to justify environmental impact of expansion, says BA boss

The future of Heathrow Airport’s third runway hangs in the balance – in part because of environmental concerns, according to the chief executive of British Airways owner IAG.

Speaking at a press conference in Canada, Willie Walsh, who has led the airline since 2005, said it was more likely than not that the expansion plan would go ahead. 

“[Heathrow] are really going to struggle to justify the environmental impact, when the economic argument to expand the airport gets undermined by the cost of the expansion,” he said.

“I think it is a bigger challenge today than it was a year ago,” he told reporters. “And I can’t see it getting any easier.”

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