London mayor Boris Johnson has appointed consultant Atkins to look at options for building a new hub airport in south east, it has been revealed.
Atkins will carry out a feasibility study for a new airport based on the notion that a new hub airport could replace Heathrow as a hub while keeping the existing airport open.
Last week Johnson appointed Transport for London board member Daniel Moylan, who also recently stepped down as London Legacy Development Corporation chairman, to spearhead his plans to look into a new hub airport.
“The mayor has already published two major pieces of research on the need for a new hub airport and is continuing work to demonstrate the advantages to the UK’s economy that will arise from this,” said a London mayor spokesman.
The spokesman added the mayor will continue to work with stakeholders across London to develop the “most effective solution for London’s future aviation needs and alternatives to a third runway at Heathrow”.