West London Economy

MQT on 2012-03-14
Session date: 
March 14, 2012
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Have you made any assessment of the impact that a new airport in the Thames Estuary would have on the economy of West London?


Answer for West London Economy

Answer for West London Economy

Answered By: 
The Mayor

London's only hub airport, Heathrow, is operating at capacity and a new hub airport is required to accommodate growth in aviation demand, and particularly, growth in the number of long-haul flights needed to serve emerging, expanding economies. For important destinations, these flights can only really be sustained at a hub airport. While a new hub airport serving London is required, I do not believe that this would lead to the closure of Heathrow. Indeed, I am confident, given its location at the heart of a thriving economic sub-region and the growth in demand for flights predicted by the Government, that Heathrow has a bright future, remaining open, continuing to support tens of thousands of jobs, and offering excellent international connectivity. I am calling for the Government to ensure that all workable scenarios for delivering new hub capacity are subject to a full and thorough assessment of all impacts as part of the Government's expected consultation on a new aviation policy for the UK.