Boris backs extra runway at Stansted

The Mayor of London has backed expansion at Stansted Airport in preference to Heathrow.

The Evening Standard reports Boris Johnson has said extra capacity at Stansted would be a “fantastic step in the right direction”. He sees it as an interim fix before building a new airport in the Thames Estuary.

Meanwhile, business secretary Vince Cable insisted the government’s consultation on aviation capacity next month will include a third runway Heathrow in the options it reviews.

Boris Johnson criticised the Government for not ruling out a third runway at Heathrow, which remains an option for consideration in the current review of south east airport capacity. Mr Johnson told the Standard he believed Mr Cameron was simply trying to “muddy the waters” by hinting at possible Heathrow expansion, which, says the Standard, a growing number of backbench Conservative MPs support.

A spokesman for BAA told the Standard: “Building a new runway at Stansted will not solve the UK’s hub airport capacity crisis. All a second runway at Stansted would achieve would be to increase the amount of spare capacity there.”

This news comes shortly after it was reveled that Heathrow has dropped back behind a number of other european airports in the international connections league.

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