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Boris Johnson's plans for new airport rejected

London Mayor Boris Johnson has accused the Airports Commission of setting the debate on aviation expansion back by half a century, ahead of an announcement this morning that his plan for a new airport in east London has been rejected.

The thumbs down for the plan, which could have seen a four-runway brand new airport dubbed Boris Island Thames Estuary built to the east of London, is due to come from the Whitehall-appointed Airports Commission.

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Airport Commission turns down 'Boris Island'

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:

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