New airport report takes off

A new report is being launched by bosses at Heathrow on the future of aviation in the UK.

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Boris still supports island option

In another recent development, London Mayor Boris Johnson met Sir Howard Davies yesterday to restate his opposition to a third runway at Heathrow and to express concern about what he sees an an unnecessarily long timeframe for the commission to report back on aviation options for the south.

Mr Johnson favours a new Thames Estuary airport or possible expansion at Stansted. A poll of MPs earlier this week showed that the so-called "Boris Island" scheme had little support. Of 93 MPs surveyed, only 16 per cent backed the plan, with 46 per cent supporting expansion at Heathrow.

The all-party 2M Group, which represents more than 20 local councils close to Heathrow, has said it will tell the Davies Commission that loosening restrictions on Heathrow's existing runways would destroy the quality of life for flightpath communities on all sides of the west London airport.

Heathrow bosses push for hub

Bosses at Heathrow airport will make the case today for the UK to maintain a major hub airport. Colin Matthews, chief executive at Heathrow will launch a report entitled One Hub or None. Currently, Heathrow is the UK's major hub airport.

The need for a major hub forms part of the work of the Whitehall-appointed Aviation Commission, headed by former Financial Services Authority chief Sir Howard Davies. The Heathrow report is being sent to Sir Howard whose team will report on aviation policy to the Government by the end of 2013.

They will give a final report in summer 2015. Mr Matthews is expected to argue that splitting a hub between Heathrow and Gatwick - the so-called Heathwick option - is not practical and that building up other airports as major hubs would not work either.

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