Manchester enters airport debate

Sir Howard Bernstein, chief executive of Manchester City Council, has criticised the debate around aviation capacity for centring too much on the Mayor of London’s views.

Bernstein told Construction News that Manchester City Council, who recently purchased Stansted Airport, would be contributing to the Davies Commission set up to examine aviation capacity.

“What is very important is that we don’t just have a debate about the South-east; we need to have a national airports plan,” he said.

He said the debate needed to be broader than a discussion “pre-occupied largely by the concerns of what the mayor of London is about”.

Observers expect Stansted to put forward a plan where it is expanded to a four runway hub at a significantly lesser cost than building a new Thames Estuary airport.


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