London mayor Boris Johnson has backed a report calling for a new airport in south-east England.
The report says that Heathrow had fallen from second in 1990 to seventh in 2010 in a global ranking of airports in terms of destinations served, and that the economy will suffer, with European competitors taking jobs and business from London’s airports, unless capacity is increased. The number of destinations that can be directly accessed from Heathrow is 157 compared to 224 from Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris and 235 from Frankfurt.
Mr Johnson said: “The capital’s airports are full, our runways are rammed and we risk losing jobs to Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Madrid or other European cities should we fail to act. No other city even approaches the volume of passengers handled at London’s airports but we need to start planning for a brand new airport that can help meet the ever-increasing demand for aviation and act as a hub, particularly to the rest of the UK.”
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