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									AIRLINE OPERATORS COMMITTEE – HEATHROW AIRPORT



      CAPITAL EXPENDITURE TRIGGERS – HEATHROW AIRPORT

           CAA CONSULTATION PAPER – 23RD DECEMBER 2003



             HEATHROW AOC COMMENTS - FEBRUARY 2004



The AOC appreciates the opportunity to comment on the Heathrow Capital
Expenditure Triggers and is happy to play a part in the process of confirming the
targets have been met.

Whilst the completion and opening of Terminal 5 by Spring 2008 is of paramount
importance to the carriers that will operate there, it is very significant for the
Heathrow airline community as a whole. Detailed plans for some airlines to move
between the existing four terminals will have been made and any delay to the opening
of Terminal 5 would have a significant impact on these plans. Similarly, any delay in
the provision of the early release stands will adversely affect operations in the Central
Terminal Area and, in particular, airlines operating in Terminal 3.

The AOC’s view is that the milestones proposed by BAA covering the rivers
diversion, early release stands and the visual control room are workable and
reasonable but prefer to leave others more familiar with the design and construction of
Terminal 5 to comment on those milestones. However, for all of the triggers, we
agree with the CAA that the main criterion for determining if the targets have been
met should be whether or not the programme can proceed to the next planned phase.

We believe it is reasonable for the CAA to use its discretion to determine whether a
milestone has been achieved.

The AOC agrees that the process put forward by the CAA is appropriate except for
the 14-day period to lodge objections. In order to ensure full consultation with its
members (and other parties where necessary), the AOC would ask that this period is
extended to 30 days.



19th February 2004

								
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