(2) how many airports in the UK have the (a) facilities and (b) runway distance to operate the Boeing 747-8 (extended range).
[holding answer 15 June 2007]: Neither the A380 nor the B747-8 require any more runway length than other heavy jets currently in service.
In the UK only London Heathrow airport has so far developed facilities specifically to cater for A380 and B747-8 operations.
The development plans for London Stansted airport also include A380 and B747-8 facilities. Other UK airports have either yet to declare their plans for dealing with these aircraft or are content to operate them with existing facilities.