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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'Boris Island' airport plan rejected

A plan to build an airport in the Thames estuary has been rejected.

Boris Johnson's plan for a new airport on the Thames estuary has been rejected. Credit: PA Wire

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.

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