Air pollution implications of an expanded City Airport

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-09-14
Session date: 
September 14, 2016
Reference: 
2016/3034
Question By: 
Caroline Russell
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

In light of the Government's decision to approve the  expansion of London City Airport, what are the air pollution implications for the local and surrounding areas and for your plans to 'battle London's toxic air'?

Answer

Answer for Air pollution implications of an expanded City Airport

Answer for Air pollution implications of an expanded City Airport

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am not persuaded further expansion of airports within London would be compatible with my aim of achieving legal limits for air quality as soon as possible.

The Secretaries of State for Local Government and Transport approved London City Airport's planning application without the additional protections that my predecessor and I both sought. 

However now that expansion has been approved we need to ensure air quality will not be adversely affected. I am therefore glad measures will be put in place by the airport, should it expand, such as the provision of electric power to reduce aircraft engine use on the ground and improvements in the ground vehicles at the airport. There will also be extensive monitoring undertaken and if the airport does not deliver on its commitments not to worsen air pollution I will hold them to account.