London mayor Boris Johnson has repeated his warning to the government today that the country risks becoming a “bit-part” player in the global economy unless its gives serious consideration for construction of a new airport hub in the South East of England.
Johnson says the Department for Transport’s (DfT) own figures estimate that by 2030 all of London’s airports will be at full capacity. In his submission to the DfT, Johnson explains this lack of capacity means UK airports won’t be able to serve the new business destinations in the fast growing economies in the Far East.
With Heathrow airport currently at 99% capacity and offering just 9,000 seats per week to mainline Chinese airports – compared to Frankfurt, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam Schiphol offering 17,500, 15,000 and 11,000 seats per week respectively – Johnson warns that the UK is already missing out on lucrative business.
Johnson has reiterated his call for an airport hub in Thames Estuary as the only way the UK can compete against it’s against its continental rivals to win key business routes to the Far East.