Mayor attacks new airport delay

Boris Johnson will tell business leaders later today how best to provide new aviation capacity in the UK is both baffling and unforgivable - and that expansion of Heathrow is so politically toxic it is undeliverable.

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Gatwick offers no kind of solution

Gatwick Airport offers no kind of solution, the Mayor believes Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive

The Mayor is also due to claim in his speech later, that the proposal to add a second runway at Gatwick offers absolutely no kind of solution to the problem.

Gatwick already has the capacity to provide more flights but Mr Johnson says that airlines frustrated by congestion at Heathrow are well aware that the greater number of transfer passengers found at mega hub airports will offer them larger profits.

Airlines are therefore choosing to move to Schipol or other hub airports - instead of Gatwick, he says.

Expansion at Heathrow is undeliverable

A plane landing at Heathrow airport Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive

The Mayor's view is that any solutioninvolving the expansion of Heathrow is asking the Government to deliver theundeliverable.

He says that the airport is already responsible for vastly more noise pollution than any other airport in Europe and this would be made worse by adding a third, and inevitably a fourth runway.

This would be indefensible he claims, even before other serious questions involving air quality, vehicle pollution, rerouting the M25 and relocating local reservoirs were considered.

New hub airport is right solution

Speaking to business leaders at the CBI later, Mayor Boris Johnson will call the delay in solving the issue of aviation expansion ''unforgivable, baffling and ludicrous' and say:

  • Heathrow expansion is politically toxic andundeliverable
  • A new hub airport is the right solution for UK competitiveness
  • The UK needs a vision for growth in both Westand East London

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