Thames Estuary Airport plans take a beating

The plans for an airport in the Thames Estuary have received negative feedback from a group of airlines, and the advisor appointed to head up the project has quit, leaving plans in disarray.

Doug Oakervee, a former President of the Institution of Civil Engineering, and project manager for Chep Lap Kok Airport in Honk Kong, which was built “at sea”, has walked away from the project, leaving it in some disarray.

Michael Carrivick, chief executive of the Board of Airline Representatives UK, told the Evening Standard that the organisation and its members including British Airways, Air France, Qantas, Virgin Atlantic and TWA did not support the scheme. The group acts for 80 of the 90 airlines using Heathrow.

Mr Carrivick cited fears that planes landing at a Thames airport would be hit by birds and said moving London’s main air hub would see massive unemployment around Heathrow, which directly employs 70,000 people.

Medway Council have also voiced their public opposition to a scheme which would cost the public purse around £40bn.

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