Is small beautiful, or bigger best?
HERE’S that worrying statistic again: in 2002 airlines carried more than 1.3 billion passengers, and the figure is rising by about 5 per cent a year. By 2030 airlines expect to be transporting almost 4 billion passengers each year. With airports and runways already packed to bursting, the airline industry needs to work out how it will achieve this. So far two main strategies have emerged. A clue to the first can be found at London’s Heathrow, the world’s busiest international airport, where construction has begun on a new terminal. Heathrow is expecting a big increase in passenger numbers,