For a long time now, London Heathrow airport has been the busiest terminal in the United Kingdom. More than 86 airlines operate from this terminal. 805 of the passengers and goods that come through the United Kingdom do through the Heathrow airport.
However, recent regulations to be made by the airport have been severally criticized by the board of airlines. 42% of the airlines surveyed by the board agree that the air passenger duty as well as the Emissions Trading Scheme will have a negative effect on their already diminishing profits. The government’s taxation has had a negative impact on the growth of several airlines and hence the economy built on the airlines.
Coupled with this is the restriction of expansion of the airlines. For decades now, the board has approached the government for permissions to include expansion slots for airlines that wish to do so, but such motions have been vetoed.
The United Kingdom economy relies heavily on the importation and exportation of both goods and people, yet the busiest terminal for these activities is continuing to become a hindrance to airline owners. The need to find better policies is imminent, yet these are not scheduled for discussion until 2013.