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Heathrow Landing Slots

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 22nd October 2019.

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Photo of Tony Devenish Tony Devenish Conservative

Following Heathrow Airport's recent strike shut down, will you lobby the Government to replace BA as the near monopoly operator and bring in proper competition on landing slots in order to support London’s economic prosperity?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

It is regrettable when relations between employer and employees break down. A situation like this leaves hundreds of thousands of passengers caught in the crossfire through no fault of their own. I urge both parties to work together to find a solution which can avert further strikes taking place.

To clarify, there are strict rules governing the allocation of landing slots at airports such as Heathrow, which are the responsibility of an independent slot co-ordinator, and it is therefore not in the gift of Government to redistribute them.