Airport expansion

MQT on 2019-05-16
Session date: 
May 16, 2019
Question By: 
Caroline Russell
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In light of the climate emergency and your clear opposition to Heathrow expansion, will you reconsider your position on expansion at London City and Gatwick airports?


Answer for Airport expansion
Airport expansion

Airport expansion

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have always said that where airport growth takes place this should not be at the expense of London’s environment or the health of its residents. A third runway at Heathrow would be an environmental disaster with negative impacts on noise, air pollution and London’s long term carbon targets. I will continue to stand up for Londoners by opposing the third runway.

Gatwick Airport recently published its draft masterplan; it is not actively pursuing an additional runway but is looking to make best use of its existing infrastructure. London City Airport is expected to publish its draft masterplan in the next few months. If either airport seeks to take forward proposals for expansion, I will scrutinise the detail of the proposals carefully to fully understand their full environmental impacts to ensure they are in line with my policies.