Air pollution at City Airport

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2009
Reference: 
2009/1884
Question By: 
John Biggs
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Amid reports that staff at City Airport are experiencing health-related problems due to high levels of air pollution and as a result are commissioning a report into the standard of air quality, will you take the results of this report on board when considering where, if indeed you have to, expand air travel in London.

Answer

Answer for Air pollution at City Airport

Answer for Air pollution at City Airport

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Legal responsibility for monitoring air quality regarding London City Airport rests with the London Borough of Newham who works with the airport to ensure air quality regulations are met.

I am concerned with the reports and consider that it is important that both City Airport and Newham Council work quickly to reassure staff, passengers and local residents that they have stringent measures in place to guarantee people's safety.

Air quality and noise levels are important factors in deciding where to locate new runways, which is why I have suggested a new airport in the Thames Estuary rather than the expansion of Heathrow.