Airlines have rejected plans to build a new airport in the Thames Estuary, describing it as transport “cul-de-sac”.
The Board of Airline Representatives (BAR) in the UK, which represents more than 90 airlines, said Heathrow remained the best location for the UK’s main airport.
“Heathrow does not just serve London, but south Wales, South West England, South Midlands and more – it is a major hub. To move it 50 miles east, you are forcing people to move around London to a transport cul-de-sac,” said BAR chief executive Mike Carrivick.
Building the airport, as favoured by London mayor Boris Johnson, would involve closing Heathrow, “devastating the Thames Valley in the process,” he said.
Carrivick also said planes landing or taking off to the east would be interfering with Dutch airspace at Schipol, creating significant complications.
Former ICE president Doug Oakervee has advised Johnson on the Thames Estuary proposal and was due to give evidence to the London Assembly next week.