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Johnson slams government aviation policy

London mayor Boris Johnson yesterday criticised the government’s “glacial” decision making in selecting a hub airport for the capital.

Johnson urged the government to speed up its aviation policy, warning that failure to do so would risk “economic stagnation”.

He implored the government to rule out an expansion of Heathrow and develop plans for a new hub airport in the Thames estuary or at Stansted.

“The only big problem is political will and glacial policy making,” said Johnson.

The Mayor also criticised the timetable set out by the Davies Commission, which is not due to report until after the next Parliament in 2015.

With the current timetable, Johnson believes planning for a new airport will not be completed until 2020, with the new airport not opening until 2029.

“The risk of inertia is huge but the prize is great,” added Johnson.

He warned that further stagnation would mean the UK losing out to rival airports Paris, Frankfurt and Schiphol in Amsterdam.

Responding to plans to by BAA to expand Heathrow Johnson said: “Forget it, it will not be built.”

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