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.
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