Ryan Air boss backs R3

Ryan Air boss Michael O’Leary has backed an extra runway at Heathrow, and branded the Estuary Airport plan as “nuts”.

Speaking to the BBC, the budget airline boss said a Thames Estuary airport would be a waste of money, and that what was needed was extra runway capacity at the existing airports.

O’Leary told the BBC; “We have long since campaigned for a second runway at Stansted, a second runway at Gatwick and a third runway at Heathrow because you have the infrastructure there. I would tear up the agreement at Gatwick and at Heathrow and I would build a second runway at Gatwick and a third runway at Heathrow – this is the only way forward. Britain is losing out to Madrid, to Paris and to Frankfurt who are pushing forward more runways at their existing hub airports.”

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