There has been an ongoing conflict between Heathrow and Gatwick airport recently, due to the proposed plans for expanding just one of them.
A combined £6 million has been spent on marketing campaigns alone and with this weekend’s news it seems the process could be starting to pick up some speed.
Yesterday, BBC news London published that budget airline EasyJet have confirmed they are backing Heathrow, even though their main hub is Gatwick. What was their reasoning behind the decision? They fear airport charges will increase for customers if Gatwick were to expand.
That’s bad news for a budget airline!!
Gatwick tried to fight their cause; stating it will create more competition for airlines resulting in the prices to lower.
It seems like a bit of an “It’s all about me and my needs” situation to me…
What about the other stakeholders involved? I know there is a public consultation process, where they listen to the public voices, but there is some controversy surrounding the authenticity of this.
A representative from the Aviation industry has this to say…
“Overall Heathrow ticks all the boxes and in the short term is the best investment; it has excellent transport links and is situated within easy access from both the north and south and is already internationally recognised as the UK hub”
So who’s currently in conflict at the moment?
It’s like a battle of the sexes!
The conflict has got so bad recently that Heathrow were reprimanded by the Advertising Standards Authority for making false claims about airport benefits with their expansion.
Just makes you wonder how much of the information is true? Are we all being conned into making the wrong decision?
So how do we ultimately resolve these conflicts?
Well, there are three factors that each of the groups will be thinking about.
In regards to the ‘Rights’, no one party has the ‘Right’ to expand their airport and in terms of ‘Interest’, different parties are going to be fighting their cause about “how it’s going to help the airport”. The main aspect this vote is driven by is ‘Power’. Not the ‘Power’ of the airports, or the public or the airlines but ultimately the ‘Power‘ of the government who are making the final decision.
I personally think it should be decided through the ‘Right’s approach because it’s the fairest way. I also think a mediator should come into the process, as well as representatives from the public, airports and government bodies; to allow a fair multiple stakeholder decision.
Don’t YOU agree?
The government needs to sit down and listen to the airports representatives but also determine which airports position is most valid in these circumstances, with a mediator present to allow all thoughts to reach the table.
Using a collaborating approach, the problem can be easily solved together amongst the different parties, fairly, equally and based upon actual facts and figures that will determine the best option.
I guess only time will tell…
Take the Poll and let me know who you think will be the winner within this conflict!!
(All diagrams and images were either created by Paige Hiley or taken by Paige Hiley)