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90% of airlines "against new Thames Estuary airport"

Fri 5 March 2010, 9:33 am

Nine out of 10 airlines using Heathrow Airport are opposed to mayor of London Boris Johnson's plans to build a new airport in the Thames Estuary, a council has claimed. (Sourced from BBC News.)
The mayor has given his backing to a scheme, thought to cost 40 billion, to use an island off the south-east coast for a six-runway airport.
But Medway Council says 90% of airlines - including British Airways, Air France and Virgin Atlantic - are opposed. A spokesman for the mayor said they would consider the findings.

The council is due to present a report to City Hall outlining their proposals. Among concerns raised by the Board of Airline Representatives UK (BAR UK), which represents 78 of the 90 airlines flying from the country, are:

  • A higher chance of bird strikes due to large wildlife colonies in the estuary
  • Unemployment caused at Heathrow by the arrival of a large competitor
  • The reported cost to the public purse - while another runway at Heathrow would be privately funded

Speaking before a general election was announced, Medway Council leader Rodney Chambers said: "We are meeting London's deputy mayor Kit Malthouse to tell him that not only do the people of Medway and Kent not want this airport, neither does anyone else.

"I have continuously said that the Mayor of London's estuary airport plan is pie in the sky."

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