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.
Following plans to extend Gatwick and Heathrow at the Airport Commission discussion today, we asked residents in Ifield, near Crawley if they thought the plans for a new run way would affect them. Here is what they thought.
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