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News extra: Issue 563 28 Jan 2011

Johnson flies the flag for increasing South East’s airport capacity

The Government’s opposition to airport expansion in the South East is misguided and economically damaging, according to London mayor Boris Johnson. But even the lobby for new capacity is split between those who want a new hub airport and those who say expanding Heathrow is the way forward.

Andrew Forster

Boris Johnson has stepped up his efforts to overturn the Government’s opposition to airport expansion in the South East by releasing a report making the case for a new hub airport serving London.

The report is timed to influence the DfT’s scoping document for a new aviation policy framework, due to be published in March. Ministers have so far refused to budge on their opposition to new runway capacity in the South East, which was exemplified by their decision to reverse the previous...

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