since the last full-length runway was opened in the South East in 1946,
And it seems that it\’s true as well:
Although a truncated runway capable of accommodating short-haul flights was opened at London City airport in the Eighties, all of the full-length runways in the South East that connect Britain to vital emerging markets pre-date the end of the war.
We could possibly mutter something about having a lot of runways left over from the war perhaps but it is astonishing that we\’ve not really added to the infrastructure give the growth in flying over those 70 odd years.
Sure, that we\’ve had the growth without having to add shows that we did have a lot of runways post war but still….an interesting statistic nonetheless.