Airports in the South future

Chairman of the Airport Commission, Sir Howard Davies, is discussing the future of airport expansion in the South today.

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New developments for aviation in the South

New runways must be built, that is the message tonight from the man in charge of airport expansion. Sir Howard Davies said developing Heathrow or Gatwick, and a new airport in the Thames Estuary, is firmly on the agenda.

Campaigners living beneath the flightpath say extra planes and more flights will be unbearable and nothing short of an environmental disaster. The final decision will be made at the end of the year. Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports.

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Hundreds of thousands 'blighted' by expanding airport

Airport campaigners hoping the Governments Aviation Commission would rule out expanding Gatwick, Heathrow or building a new airport in the Thames Estuary have been left disappointed.

Sir Howard Davies has told them at a gathering of campaigners and airport bosses new runways were needed.

Campaigners say this leaves hundreds of thousands of people living around airports blighted.

'Environmental disaster' if more runways are built

More runways in the South East must be built if gridlock in our skies is to be avoided, according to the man heading a Government review.

Today, it was confirmed the expansion of Heathrow and Gatwick and a new airport in the Thames Estuary were firmly on the agenda.

Critics gave a furious response saying more runways would be an environmental disaster.

Sir Howard Davies, who is heading the Governments Commission on the future of airports, was giving an update on his policy a year after it was launched.

'We need new runways in the South East'

Discussions about the future of the Souths airports has been getting underway today, with Sir Howard Davies saying that new, additional runways will be needed in the coming decades.

Our provisional conclusion is that we will need some net additional runway capacity in the South East of England in the coming decades. To rely only on runways currently in operation would be likely to produce a distinctly sub-optimal solution for passengers, connectivity and the economy and would also almost certainly not be the best solution in terms of minimising the overall carbon impact of flights and travel to and from airports.

– Sir Howard Davies, Chairman of the Airports Commission

The future of airports in the South are under discussion

Talks on the Souths airport expansion are being discussed today Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The man looking at the future of airport expansion in the South is answering questions on the issue today.

Chairman of the Airport Commission, Sir Howard Davies, is looking at whether Gatwick should have a second runway, Heathrow a third or whether a new airport should be built in the Thames estuary.

The event is the first public discussion of the Commission's thoughts since its launch in November 2012.

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