Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson claims plans for a new airport in the Thames Estuary would lead to the closure of Heathrow with devastating consequences.
The boss of the Crawley-based airline says he believes that would be wrong and that the Government must seriously consider expanding Heathrow.
The Government has ruled out a third runway at Heathrow and is about to publish a long awaited consultation on future aviation policy in the region.
More top news
Friday afternoon's forecast for the west of the region
Friday afternoon's forecast for the east of the region
Police are appealing for help to try and find a woman who has gone missing along with her six-year-old daughter.