UK needs a four-runway airport, say think tank

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.

A view from the control tower at Heathrow. Credit: Tim Ockenden/PA Wire

The best option for the four runways would be immediately west of the current Heathrow site in west London, the report from Policy Exchange said.

An airport in Luton, Bedfordshire, would be the second best option.

The report said plans for an airport on Thames Estuary - nicknamed 'Boris island' because of The Mayor of London's support for that idea - were not practical but they did not rule out a third runway at Heathrow.