Dubai Airports CEO slams UK airport development


The U.K.’s government’s decision to expand London Heathrow Airport may not come to be a reality in at least the next decade, according to the chief executive officer of Dubai Airports.

Currently head of the massive Al Maktoum International Airport project in Dubai South, Paul Griffiths told Bloomberg TV in an interview that he believes the recent green light to expand London Heathrow with the $19.4bn (AED71.6bn) construction of a third landing strip is “50 years too late.”

“Unfortunately the bureaucracy in the U.K. seems to be the world’s most refined and the world’s most comprehensive when it comes to strangling infrastructure projects,” he said.

“Whether they’ll ever build it or not we’ll just have to wait and see, but I don’t think it will be in the next 10 years.’’ More info

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