Close Heathrow and move airport east?

Shut Heathrow and in it's place build a new town for up to a quarter of a million people. That's one of Boris Johnson's ideas for dealing with the need to increase airport capacity for London.

To make up for losing Heathrow, he proposes one of three options:

A new airport in the Thames Estuary - the so-called "Boris Island" - a new airport in Kent, or expanding Stansted.

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Airport proposals in London

The airport expansion debate intensified today as Heathrow bosses unveiled their case for an extra runway at the west London airport.