Boris revives aviation debate
Boris Johnson has hit out at the Government’s “lamentable attention” to aviation capacity in the south-east, and warned the UK faces an “economic catastrophe” without a renewed focus on the issue.
In a speech today, the Mayor of London reiterated his calls for a new hub airport to be built, and criticised the current timetable for the Davies Commission’s investigation, which is not due to publish its full findings until 2015.
“The Government programme to address the looming aviation capacity crunch in the UK is far too slow and I am hugely concerned that their intended timetable sets a course for economic catastrophe...
“The urgency of the situation and the lamentable attention that the Government has paid to this pressing issue has forced me to accelerate the work that I will do to develop a credible solution.”
Mr Johnson claims that while it may be possible to increase capacity at airports such as Gatwick, Luton, Stansted, and Birmingham in the short term, the only way to solve the problem is to build a new hub airport.