Advertisement

MPs say build third runway

The solution to the regions aviation crisis is a third runway at Heathrow and not a new airport in the Thames Estuary, according to the Transport Select Committee.

View all 6 updates ›

MPs say "build third runway at Heathrow

Heathrow Airport Credit: PA

The solution to the region's aviation crisis is a third runway at Heathrow and not a new airport in the Thames Estuary, according to the Transport Select Committee.

They say: A Thames Estuary airport would need public subsidy for transport links and is not financially viable. The so-called Boris Island scheme - backed by the London Mayor would have five runways. Heathrow would have to close if it was given the go-ahead.

At Heathrow the MP's say a third runway should be built. They say it is the best place for a hub airport. They are against plans for a fourth runway.

At Gatwick another runway is not ruled out but they say more work is needed.

They also call for a review of Air Passenger Duty.

The Committee has been looking at all the options. The Government is opposed to a third Heathrow runway but have set up a Commission to review the options. Final decisions will not be made until after the next election.

More top news