Report calls for London airport to hike capacity

A shortage in aviation capacity in the UK can only be tackled by building a new hub airport serving London, according to a study backed by the capital's mayor.

The second in a series of reports on aviation commissioned by London mayor Boris Johnson and overseen by Daniel Moylan, deputy chairman of mayoral agency Transport for London, sets out an "undisputed economic argument" for greater aviation capacity in the UK.

It says that the UK faces "increasing economic paralysis" unless a new hub airport is built in the South East.

The report considers a number of options for tackling what it calls an "acute" lack of aviation capacity, and concludes: "The expansion of the UK's regional airports will not adequately address the loss of connectivity associated with London's constrained hub capacity."

It adds: "Developing a hub airport outside the South East would not be workable, even assuming that a site with the capability to meet the requirements could be found."

Chancellor George Osborne announced in his Autumn Statement last week that the government would "explore all the options for maintaining the UK's aviation hub status, with the exception of a third runway at Heathrow".

The aviation report can be viewed via

See Sir Peter Hall, p44.

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