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.
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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