In another recent development, London Mayor Boris Johnson met Sir Howard Davies yesterday to restate his opposition to a third runway at Heathrow and to express concern about what he sees an an unnecessarily long timeframe for the commission to report back on aviation options for the south.
Mr Johnson favours a new Thames Estuary airport or possible expansion at Stansted. A poll of MPs earlier this week showed that the so-called "Boris Island" scheme had little support. Of 93 MPs surveyed, only 16 per cent backed the plan, with 46 per cent supporting expansion at Heathrow.
The all-party 2M Group, which represents more than 20 local councils close to Heathrow, has said it will tell the Davies Commission that loosening restrictions on Heathrow's existing runways would destroy the quality of life for flightpath communities on all sides of the west London airport.