Private jets using City Airport

MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In view of the aims of your recently published Air Quality Strategy, how do you justify the number of private jets using City Airport, and what steps will you take to persuade the owners of the airport to reduce their number ?


Answer for Private jets using City Airport

Answer for Private jets using City Airport

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am committed to improving air quality in London and my draft Air Quality Strategy sets out a number of practicable and deliverable proposals to achieve this important aim. However, although I can exercise a large degree of regulatory control over surface transport, my powers do not extend to controlling the operation of London's airports and airspace. This has always been a matter for national government - the Department for Transport / Civil Aviation Authority as the national regulator for aviation and the National Air Traffic Service as the controller of airspace.