Thames Estuary Airport

MQT on 2014-10-22
Session date: 
October 22, 2014
Question By: 
Onkar Sahota
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Can the Mayor outline the benefits to Londoner's that have resulted from the £5million spent on the fatally flawed Estuary Airport Scheme?


Answer for Thames Estuary Airport

Answer for Thames Estuary Airport

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The money is being used to respond to several important inquiries into aviation policy issues. The Airports Commission, established by the Government, has made several calls for evidence which have required careful assessment and comprehensive responses.  Furthermore, in preparing their Aviation Policy Framework, published last year, the Government sought input on a wide range of issues. The Government have also conducted specific consultations on critical issues such as night flight regimes at London's airports.

It is essential that Londoner's views are properly represented in making such decisions. The advantages and disadvantages of different options need to be properly assessed and understood, and we cannot simply rely on the views of those who have vested interests in the aviation debate. The long-term plan for a new hub airport is uniquely able to meet London and the UK's economic needs, and protect people from the environmental impacts of aviation growth. Opposing Heathrow expansion is a stance on which I am pleased to have the support of the Assembly, as well as London Councils and MPs.