Boris Johnson's big idea for expanding airport capacity in the south, without expanding Heathrow has been sunk.
His 'island airport' in the Thames Estuary, was firmly rejected today by the Airports Commission as 'too expensive'.
The London Mayor insists he will not give up on the plan. Its rejection, he said, was 'short-sighted'.
ITV News Political Correspondent Libby Wiener reports:
Building an airport in the Thames estuary is not the answer to the UK's airport capacity problems, the Airports Commission said.
After rejecting the proposal, backed by Mayor of London Boris Johnson, Airports Commission Chair Sir Howard Davies said the economic and environmental costs of the plan was too great.
We are not persuaded that a very large airport in the Thames estuary is the right answer to London’s and the UK’s connectivity needs.
There are serious doubts about the delivery and operation of a very large hub airport in the estuary.
The economic disruption would be huge and there are environmental hurdles which it may prove impossible, or very time-consuming to surmount.
Even the least ambitious version of the scheme would cost £70 to £90 billion with much greater public expenditure involved than in other options – probably some £30 to £60 billion in total.
A plan to build an airport in the Thames estuary has been rejected.
The proposal - dubbed "Boris Island" because of Boris Johnson's support - was on a shortlist of options for increasing airport capacity in UK.
The Airport Commission said the proposal's "substantial disadvantages" outweigh its potential benefits.
A co-ordinator for the Back Heathrow campaign, which is calling for expansion of the airport, has called Boris Johnson's candidacy a "slap in the face".
Boris Johnson's selfish plan to stand in the same borough as Heathrow is a slap in the face to tens of thousands of people in west London.
These people rely on Britain's hub airport and the Mayor wants to close it which would result in more than 100,000 people losing their jobs including many in Uxbridge and South Ruislip.
Heathrow's bogeyman may win the selection battle but he won't get his way.
Passenger Phil Jackson has only received one of his 5 bags after landing in Bogota. Day 6 into his 2 week holiday with a group of friends, he is still waiting for 3 pieces of luggage.
He should have left the capital of Columbia as part of his multi-stop trip but instead, is having to wait around to find out what will happen with his luggage. Some of his friends have moved on to avoid losing out on their pre-booked flights and trips.
It was only a couple of days ago too that he discovered that it was not the airline's fault his luggage had gone missing but was in fact due to massive problems at the baggage systems at Heathrow's Terminal 5.
A Heathrow Airport spokeswoman said "it will take several days" for all of the passengers affected by a computer glitch to receive their luggage.
We experienced intermittent issues with the T5 baggage system between June 26 and 29 which caused some bags to be processed manually. Passengers can now check in bags as normal.
Manual processing led to some bags not making flights in time. While passengers are receiving bags all the time, it will take several days to reunite all passengers with their bags.
We are very sorry for the disruption passengers have experienced and we are working round the clock with airlines to reunite passengers with their bags as quickly as possible.
A Heathrow Terminal 5 computer glitch has meant some passengers have still not received their luggage days after the problem started.
The technical error began on Thursday and has affected departing British Airways passengers.
Some of the affected travellers had to fly without their hold luggage and many have still not received their bags yet despite normal baggage check-in resuming at T5.
The terminal opened in March 2008 when thousands of bags went missing and there were long delays and cancellations.
Gatwick has said its expansion plans are cheaper and far more beneficial than Heathrow's.
Heathrow and Gatwick airports have both unveiled revised expansion plans to the Airports Commission in a bid to secure permission to build a new runway.
The west Sussex airport said expansion at Gatwick would deliver the following benefits:
- Will achieve £40 billion more in economic benefits to the UK than expansion at Heathrow
- Expansion will deliver more than 120,000 jobs in London and south east England
- Fewer people will be affected by noise pollution
- Around 10 million more passengers would be able to travel with a second runway at Gatwick each year than with a third runway at Heathrow
The Airports Commission is considering the following expansion plans:
- Heathrow Hub
- Thames Estuary
People affected by the proposed third runway at Heathrow will receive an "exceptional compensation" package, the airport's boss has pledged.
We are committed to treating those most affected by a third runway fairly. Since the previous runway plan was rejected in 2010 we have listened to ideas for how we could improve our proposals.
People have told us that we should provide more generous compensation and go further in insulating homes against noise.
We recognise that the expansion of Heathrow deserves an exceptional compensation scheme. That's why we're going further than statutory schemes or Government guidance. People will receive fair compensation in the event that Heathrow expansion goes ahead.
Heathrow's bosses have pledged to allocate £550 million for noise insulation and property compensation for local people.