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Boris Johnson reveals his fury at rejection of new airport

London mayor Boris Johnson today revealed his fury at the official decision to kill off plans for a new hub airport in the Thames estuary.

The chairman of the government's Airports Commission, Sir Howard Davies, described the so-called 'Boris Island' scheme as "too risky".

The commission will now decide whether to recommend an extra runway at Heathrow or Gatwick.

London mayor Boris Johnson today revealed his fury at the official decision to kill off plans for a new hub airport in the Thames estuary. Credit: PA

Boris Johnson said:

In one myopic stroke the Airports Commission has set the debate back by half a century and consigned their work to the long list of vertically filed reports on aviation expansion that are gathering dust on a shelf in Whitehall.

Gatwick is not a long term solution and Howard Davies must explain to the people of London how he can possibly envisage that an expansion of Heathrow, which would create unbelievable levels of noise, blight and pollution, is a better idea than a new airport to the east of London that he himself admits is visionary, and which would create the jobs and growth this country needs to remain competitive.

– Mr Johnson
Lord Foster outlined plans for the Thames estuary airport Credit: Foster & Partners

"It remains the only credible solution, any process that fails to include it renders itself pretty much irrelevant, and I'm absolutely certain that it is the option that will eventually be chosen," he said.

The mayor also faced a political backlash from critics who accuse him of wasting more than £5m of council taxpayers money promoting Boris Island.

Shadow transport secretary Mary Creagh said:

Boris Johnson's fantasy island airport plan, which would have closed Heathrow and caused longer passenger journeys, has finally been dashed.

Time and public money should never have been spent on his vanity project whose costs have been put at up to £100 billion.

This back-of-a-fag-packet scheme was designed less for the country's economic future and more for the omnishambles mayor's political ambitions.

– Ms Creagh