Hub Airport

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Reference: 
2013/1408
Question By: 
John Biggs
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Do you agree with Willy Walsh's views about the risk that our hub airport will be eclipsed by decades of indecision?

Answer

Answer for Hub Airport

Answer for Hub Airport

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The inability of successive governments to take a long term approach to investment in infrastructure is precisely the reason why we are now facing a hub aviation capacity crisis.

The UK has a choice; to deliver a long lasting solution that will meet our aviation needs for decades to come, or to limp on with a piecemeal approach which will only benefit our competitors.

Any expansion at Heathrow would be intolerable for hundreds of thousands of local people. I therefore urge Sir Howard Davies to rule Heathrow Expansion out in his interim report, expected later this year, so that plans for a new hub can be taken forward as quickly as possible.