However, he then goes on to say that the airlines shouldn't have to pay for it, through higher airport service charges.
How does he work that one out then.
I should think it right that any individual or indeed any private company which employs the services at any airport, let alone Heathrow, has to pay the service charges relevant to said services provided.
After all, Heathrow is privately owned and run to make a financial profit, just the same as B.A. is.
The taxpayer used to own B.A. and the idea of selling it was to not have to subsidise it.
I suggest Willie gets with the program and ask himself why indeed the taxpayer should pay to extend an Airport it doesn't even own; an expansion from which will it will consequently financially gain from, only to subsequently enable other private profit making entities such as his, to enhance their financial gain.
Now I'm all for re-nationalizing B.A. and using its' huge profits to subsidize it as a service, as opposed to paying out to wealthy shareholders and pay outrageous salaries for those at the top
We could have cheaper flights for all, higher wages for staff and suppliers, as it used to be; however I don't quite think that's what Mr. Walsh has in mind.
It sounds like he wants it to be like the scandalous situation on the railways, where private companies cream off all the profit while the taxpayer subsidizes them, by paying for all the track and trains.
Like Richard Branson who 'runs' a service; taking all the profit and glory, so long as you, the Government
(taxpayer), underwrite the rolling stock, Mr. Walsh wants to run a private airline service and take all the money, but the taxpayer can pay for the Airports.
Talk about having your cake and eating it.
Or indeed, (capitalist) pigs with their snouts in the trough.
He says that more flight capacity will benefit the country.
Obviously, that depends how you look at it.
More flights mean more burning of fuel which means more pollution, so it won't help benefit asthmatics or the NHS (aka taxpayer) which pays for their treatment, for a start.
What he fails to mention though, or perhaps is so blinded by greed that he cannot see, is that people (aka the tax payer) already pay a commercial price for their flights and thus by definition, already pay the charges he talks about.
Therefore, just put your prices up; if Joe Public want to use your airline company, then they will still be paying for it.
They simply won't be paying for it twice, just so you can line your own pockets even more.
Jog on Willie.