Even if a third runway was built, it would not do the job of meeting Britain's needs.
If we are to remain Europe's premier business hub we need a new four runway airport, preferably to the East of London, that addresses the problem of aviation capacity before it is too late, and business is driven into the arms of our European competitors.
It is time for Patrick McLoughlin to look at all the options, including bolder solutions that would deliver massive benefits in jobs and growth.
And it is time for the government to level with Londoners
Are they in favour of a third runway at Heathrow or not?
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