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Heathrow runway could be built in south west

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Heathrow Airport Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Bosses at Heathrow Airport are expected to present plans to build a third runway south west of the airport, to a government commission tomorrow.

The Heathrow runway proposals will be presented to the Whitehall-appointed Airports Commission headed by former Financial Services Authority chairman Sir Howard Davies.

Heathrow's Chief Executive is expected to stay that building the new runway in Surrey would mean that fewer properties would need to be demolished.

Read: Boris Johnson proposes new plans for airport in the south east

Boris' choice over airport plans

London Mayor Boris Johnson has turned his back on his own idea for a Kent island airport. His favoured option is now a four-runway hub airport on reclaimed land on the Isle of Grain.

The Mayor is submitting his preferred options to the independent Airports Commission which will advise the government on how to tackle the problem of overcapacity at London's major airports.

If not Grain, Mr Johnson says the island airport or expanding Stansted would be the next-best options.

We speak to Boris Johnson and Medway council leader Rodney Chambers.

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Boris backs away from Island plans

London Mayor Boris Johnson
The mayor appears to have changed his mind over plans for an estuary airport Credit: PA Images

Boris Johnson is set to hold a press conference later setting out his preferred options for a new airport in the south east. Boris announced yesterday he was moving away from the idea of an airport on an island in the Thames Estuary.

He told the Sunday Times he preferred plans for a four-runway airport on the Isle of Grain, an idea originally conceived by the architect Sir Norman Foster.

Airline calls for more runways

Qatar Airways chief executive officer Akbar Al Baker has called on the British government to urgently address capacity constraints at London Heathrow to avoid a ‘catastrophic situation’ for the country’s economy.

Al Baker said the third runway debate ‘was not an option, but a necessity’ to overcome the capacity crunch Britain’s premier airport was currently facing. “Heathrow is bursting at the seams and has already reached a critical point,” he said.

Mr Baker continued: “Already heading towards a double dip recession, the UK cannot afford to lose out on the huge benefits a third runway would bring to the economy in south east England and the country as a whole through the creation of more jobs and more business opportunities.”

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