London's Mayor accuses Airports Commission of behaving like Simon Cowell

London Mayor Boris Johnson has launched a devastating attack on the government's Airports Commission, accusing it of behaving like Simon Cowell.

Boris Johnson Credit: Press Association

The Mayor was said to be "profoundly unsettled" by the Commission's recent Interim Report which effectively sidelined his proposal for a new airport in the Thames estuary.

Thames Estuary from Grain in Kent Credit: Press Association

In a speech in London, the mayor's aviation advisor Daniel Moylan, said the Commission was treating the mayor at arm's length and appeared to regard him as "on a par with a private company motivated by commercial interests."

Daniel Moylan Credit: Press Association

"This is absurd" said Moylan. He added, the Commission's decision making "has had a touch of Simon Cowell about it". Last month, the Airports Commission, led by Sir Howard Davies, published a shortlist of possible options for airport expansion.

New runways at Heathrow and Gatwick emerged as clear favourites but the Commission refused to shortlist any so-called "Boris Island" options.