Report to examine short-list of airport options

A short-list of options for extra runways at UK airports is set to be included in the first report of the Government-appointed Airports Commission this week.

And for the short term the commission will also propose changes such as making more use of existing runways until the long-term expansion plans can be fulfilled.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson about to board a plane. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

There has been much speculation that the commission, chaired by former Financial Services Authority chief Sir Howard Davies, will include in its options a third runway, or possibly even a fourth, at Heathrow in west London.

London Mayor Boris Johnson, who favours a brand new Thames Estuary airport dubbed "Boris Island", said last week that Heathrow expansion was "environmentally disastrous" and "bad for London and the country".

Read: MP: Heathrow expansion U-turn would be a 'betrayal'

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Whitehall leaks suggest expansion to London's airports

Whitehall sources have suggested that an interim report by the Davies Airport Commission could select three or four choices from the 58 options its has been presented with - all are London airports