Economic Effects of Heathrow Expansion

Meeting: 
MQT on 2008-03-12
Session date: 
March 12, 2008
Reference: 
2008/0616
Question By: 
Sally Hamwee
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Do you agree with the conclusions of the CE Delft report commissioned by HACAN on the economics of Heathrow expansion which demonstrates that the case that London's future prosperity depends on more airport capacity is "implausible"?

Answer

Answer for Economic Effects of Heathrow Expansion

Answer for Economic Effects of Heathrow Expansion

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am strongly opposed to the expansion proposals set out in the consultation ' either the adding of a third runway or the use of the existing runways in mixed mode operation. I am firmly convinced that the three policy tests set out in the 2003 Air Transport White Paper have not been demonstrated with sufficient confidence to be capable of being met. I recognise that airport capacity must be sufficient to sustain London's competitive position, although providing a level of capacity sufficient to meet unconstrained demand, particularly for short-haul leisure flights, is untenable. However, the proposals will have a significantly negative impact on climate change emissions, local air quality, noise, and result in the loss of the village of Sipson - including 700 properties (I understand some are estimating this number would rise), a primary school, community facilities, listed buildings, a significant area of Metropolitan Green Belt and bio-diversity.

I welcome the report by CE Delft `The Economics of Heathrow expansion' and its critique of the economic case for airport expansion. It clearly questions the underlying economic rationale case for expansion.