Businesses and workers based in West London say they are determined to keep Heathrow as London's hub airport. They say if plans to move it to a north Kent base, or to an island in the Thames Estuary are successful, then the economy of West London will be devastated. Mike Pearse reports.
Up to 100,000 jobs could be lost around Heathrow if a rival airport is built in the Thames Estuary. That is the claim of a new campaign group launched to back the airport. They hope local residents and businesses will rally round to protect Heathrow's future. Mike Pearse reports.
The following statement has just appeared on the Back Heathrow website.
Heathrow has a huge impact on jobs and businesses in the surrounding area. There are currently 76,500 people directly employed at Heathrow. An additional 38,000 jobs in the area depend on the existence of the airport.
Building a big new airport elsewhere, such as the suggestions for one on the Isle of Grain or on the Thames, east of London, would mean closing Heathrow and huge job losses in one stroke.
Closing Heathrow would mean Britain’s biggest ever one-day redundancy. There would be more job losses than the MG Rover factory closure at Longbridge in 2005 where 6,500 jobs were lost. Or more than the worst year of the pit closures in 1984 when 30,000 jobs went.