Frequent Flyer Levy (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
July 20, 2016
Question By: 
David Kurten
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


David Kurten AM:  Thank you again, Mr Mayor, for reiterating your support for Gatwick and I agree with that.  It is a very sensible proposal.


There have also been proposals from some quarters to close City Airport and turn it into a housing estate.  What do you think of that idea?

Supplementary To: 


Answer for Frequent Flyer Levy (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Frequent Flyer Levy (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  Now, there is a bad idea.  It is a bad idea.  London City Airport does an important job in providing transport to the heart of our city.  You can be at a meeting within 30 minutes of landing at  London City Airport.  It is within the air quality guidelines and concerns about noise have been addressed by the City of London.


The aviation industry is not perfect, but you have to understand that we are a leading global centre.  One of the reasons that makes us competitive is the ability for people to come and travel here.  There are now really good alternatives to get to short-haul destinations, whether Paris or Brussels.  With Eurostar going to Amsterdam very soon, it will also give good alternatives to short-haul flights.  We cannot underestimate the importance to the viability of our city being a great city of having good links around the world.


David Kurten AM:  That is very sensible.  Thank you, Mr Mayor.