Stansted Airport

MQT on 2006-12-13
Session date: 
December 13, 2006
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What was your reaction to the decision of Uttlesford District Council to reject expansion at Stansted? Do you agree that the objections raised to the expansion of Stansted - including climate change impact, noise, and air pollution - also apply to the proposed expansion of Heathrow, London City Airport and Biggin Hill Airport?


Answer for Stansted Airport

Answer for Stansted Airport

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Our increasing knowledge about the threat from climate change means that policies on airport expansion now need to be re-evaluated. I have already made clear my view that the need to reduce carbon emissions has significantly undermined the case for increasing the capacity of airports in the south-east. I do not think there is a case for a further runway at Heathrow.Carbon emissions from London's airports need to be tackled as part of an international response to climate change. Heathrow is a major international aviation hub and plays a role in serving the aviation needs of Europe as a whole and not just London or the UK.From a global standpoint, the problem with carbon emissions is not so much thier current levels, but their predicted growth and the lack of technological progress towards cleaner-fuelled aircraft.The bulk of growth in aviation travel from the UK has been in short-haul leisure trips. A policy for reducing carbon emissions from aviation in the UK must ensure that offsetting the full environmental damage of such carbon emissions is included in the price of tickets, which will lead to reduced demand for these trips. Growth in business trips has been much smaller and could be sustained as part as an overall policy to stabilize aviation emissions.