Boris gave a brilliant interview on Radio 4 Today in which he clearly explained his plans for a new LDN airport. A report by Transport for London Deputy Chairman Daniel Moylan says that the UK economy will suffer and London will lose jobs to European competitors unless a new hub airport is created in South East London.
Boris has backed the report and he says “”For London to retain its position as the heartbeat of global business, we need aviation links that will allow us to compete with our rivals.” The coalition has ruled out the south east as a potential site for a new runway, but, far sighted and always seeing the bigger picture, the Mayor has long favoured an airport in the Thames Estuary.
The Mayor’s backing for expansion not only puts him at possible loggerheads with the Government but also with those opposing airport growth, including residents’ groups and conservationists.
The report said that in terms of destinations served by worldwide international airports, Heathrow had fallen from second in 1990 to seventh in 2010, with the number of destinations that can be directly accessed from Heathrow standing at 157 compared to 224 from Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport and 235 from Frankfurt. Boris said: “The capital’s airports are full, our runways are rammed and we risk losing jobs to Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Madrid or other European cities should we fail to act.
“No other city even approaches the volume of passengers handled at London’s airports but we need to start planning for a brand new airport that can help meet the ever-increasing demand for aviation and act as a hub, particularly to the rest of the UK.”