UK runway brouhaha continues

The aviation adviser of London mayor Boris Johnson has launched a scathing attack on the UK Airports Commission which is tasked with identifying the location of the UK’s next runway.


UK runway brouhaha continues


The aviation adviser of London mayor Boris Johnson has launched a scathing attack on the UK Airports Commission which is tasked with identifying the location of the UK’s next runway. Daniel Moylan, adviser to Johnson, accused the independent body of preparing to back Heathrow’s expansion and sidelining his rival plan for a new airport in the Thames estuary.

His recent comments highlight the risk that the body’s final recommendation, due after the next election, could fail to secure sufficient political consensus. The commission, set up by the UK government in December 2013 shortlisted Heathrow and Gatwick as potential locations for a new runway – although its interim report said the body would decide sometime after June whether an estuary airport on the Isle of Grain was a credible alternative option.

Moylan – who, like the mayor, opposes Heathrow’s expansion – said: “The commission’s interim report bafflingly states, in the face of the evidence that it has itself assembled, that ‘the UK does not face an immediate capacity crisis’ and that a single extra runway in the southeast will be sufficient by 2030. This is, of course, very much Heathrow’s corporate business plan but the mayor does not agree.”