An aircraft campaigning organisation, HACAN ClearSkies, have opposed Heathrow's new plans to build a third runway to the south west of the airport.
It wouldcreate less noise disturbance than a northern runway but we will oppose itbecause a whole new runway of planes will be massively disturbing to vastswathes of people across London and the South East. Flightnumbers will rise from 480,000 a year to over 700,000.”.
A pressure group has responded with scepticism to claims that there could be a third runway at Heathrow Airport. HACAN represents residents living under the airport's flight path. The group's chair said talk of a third runway was just 'rumour and counter-rumour'.
“None of the recent stories that the Government is about to change its mind on Heathrow have been backed up with hard evidence. They have all relied on anonymous briefings. It is all rumour and counter-rumour. It suits a desperate aviation down to the ground to give the impression that expansion at Heathrow is back on the agenda. The statements from Government ministers – and, today, the Mayor of London – are consistent: they do not support a third runway.
– John Stewart, Chair, Heathrow Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise
John Stewart's statement follow comments from London Mayor Boris Johnson today saying he would not allow a third runway to be built at Heathrow.