UK 'needs' four-runway airport

The UK needs a four-runway airport if it wants to compete with other European hubs such as Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Paris, a report by a think tank said today.

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Boris: Cameron's delays in aviation crisis are 'nonsensical'

The Government has been accused of kicking the aviation debate "into the long grass" by announcing that Sir Howard's full report will not be completed until summer 2015.

David Cameron postponed the Heathrow expansion decision until 2015 Credit: Tim Ockenden/PA Wire

It is thought Mr Johnson will today say that he considers this timescale "nonsensical" and that the commission could present its findings in 12 to 15 months.

He is also expected to tell his audience at City Hall in London that the delays in aviation policy are not only unnecessary but "artificial".

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