London Mayor gives thumbs-down to expanded City Airport
A war of words has broken out in the wake of London Mayor Boris Johnson’s decision to block proposals for the £220m expansion of London City Airport which Newham Council wanted to see go-ahead.
A spokesperson for Johnson said: “The Mayor believes that granting planning permission for this scheme would lead to an unacceptable increase in noise for East Londoners and would not be for the greater benefit of the city.
“He has long argued that Heathrow Airport cannot be expanded due to the increased noise it would lead to in West London and he is not willing to expose East London to additional noise either.
“The Mayor continues to believe that a new hub airport to the east of London is the only long-term option that will provide enough aviation capacity – without detriment to the health and well-being of hundreds of thousands of people in London and the southeast – and allow the United Kingdom to compete with its global rivals.”
Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales was disappointed with the decision. He said: “Through a rigorous planning process, Newham Council had secured job opportunities for local people, money for vital local services and reduced environmental impacts on residents from the airport. “
London City Airport said it was “perplexed and disappointed” by the decision. It is expected to appeal.
Chief executive Declan Collier commented: “It is ironic that the Mayor of London, whose platform has always been one of advantage for business in London, is denying the capital the business opportunity presented by growth at London City Airport.”
Under the airport’s plans take-offs and landings were expected to increase from 70,000 a year to 111,000, with passenger numbers doubling to six million by 2023.