Airport Commission

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


Of the three schemes left on the Airport Commission short list, which does the Mayor feel would best serve Londoners?


Answer for Airport Commission

Answer for Airport Commission

Answered By: 
The Mayor

None of the schemes on the Airports Commission's shortlist will meet London's and the UK's needs. Expansion at Heathrow is politically undeliverable. Its impacts will be unacceptable. Noise modelling undertaken by TfL has identified that more than 1.1 million people will be exposed to potentially harmful levels of noise for example. A two runway Gatwick will be totally unable to meet our global connectivity needs. Connectivity modelling undertaken by TfL indicates that it will sustain only four new long-haul routes.

A new hub airport is the answer. An airport to the east of the Capital would be deliverable, affordable, and accessible. It would expose less than 5 per cent of the number of people to noise that Heathrow does today, and it could sustain more than 70 new longhaul routes - meeting our long term economic needs.