The top official of BA’s parent firm has again criticised the UK government over its policies on airport expansion.

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The top official of British Airways’ parent firm has again criticised the UK government over its policies on airport expansion.

International Airlines Group (IAG) chief executive Willie Walsh said during an industry conference on Wednesday that the prospect of a third runway at Heathrow is “not going anywhere” and that British Airways is already preparing for such circumstances in the future.

Walsh went on to say that he believes that Heathrow will still be a two-runway facility in 50 years time and that the talk of expanding Gatwick or Stansted assumes airlines are willing to help pay the costs; though added BA is not willing to contribute.

The comments come as the government faces increasing pressure to alleviate airport capacity constraints in the South East whilst Heathrow is currently running at nearly 99 per cent capacity. According to a recent report from Frontier Economics, the lack of space at London-area airports is costing the British economy some £14 billion annually.

Meanwhile, as the battle on whether or not to expand Heathrow wages on, London mayor Boris Johnson continues to champion the Thames Estuary airport plan, although the proposal continues to face heavy criticism from environmental groups.

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