Monday, March 5, 2012
Heathrow operator BAA is reportedly considering bringing a legal challenge against the UK Government's opposition to a third runway at the London airport. See Diane Evans, BAA Could Mount Legal Challenge Over Heathrow Runway, TravelMole, March 5, 2012 (available here). The Department for Transportation will release a highly anticipated aviation policy paper later this month, and much of the focus will be on its proposed solutions to the UK's lack of airport capacity. Over the weekend business and union leaders sent a letter to the Sunday Telegraph urging the Government to reconsider plans for a third runway at Heathrow which were scrapped when the current governing coalition came into power. See Government Urged to Allow Airport Expansion, BBC, March 3, 2012 (available here). Should BAA pursue legal action, it is likely to argue that the Government failed to follow due process in ruling out airport expansion without proper consideration and would seek judicial review of the Government's decision.