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.
Boris Johnson said:
"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: