Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary has joined the chorus of criticism following government suggestions of a high-speed rail link between Heathrow and Gatwick airports. In his usual caustic tone, O’Leary said: “They have no particular expertise in tunnelling. The last one they did was the Eurotunnel; which went bankrupt even before it opened.”
A proposal for a new fast rail line linking Heathrow and Gatwick has been greeted with scepticism by airlines. The costly and lengthy development - termed ‘Heathwick’ - offers no solution to the urgent need for additional airport capacity in the south-east of England according to the Board of Airline Representatives in the UK.
Willie Walsh, chief executive of International Airlines Group has warned that the proposals to link Heathrow and Gatwick via a high speed rail link could be inefficient and costly.