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Estuary airport will “reshape” economics of the South East

Estuary airport

A new airport in the Thames Estuary would support more jobs than expansion at other airports, according to a report from the Mayor of London.

The report says that the airport would support 336,000 jobs around the country in 2050, around a third more than an expanded Heathrow and more than fives times as many as an expanded Gatwick airport.

The new figures were released ahead of the announcement of a shortlist of airport options by the Airports Commission, expected in a few weeks.

London mayor Boris Johnson said the Thames Estuary scheme would be the only option that can fully address the economic and social challenges facing the country.

He said: “There is no better example of the stark choice between planning for the future and depressing short-termism. A new hub airport, properly planned, has the potential to reshape the economic geography of London and the whole of the southeast for decades to come. It would be a project of a scale we are no longer accustomed to in this country, though it has become commonplace elsewhere. We simply cannot afford to miss out on the opportunities a new airport would give us.” 

Gateway to our Future: Why the UK needs a new hub airport says that a second runway at Gatwick will end Britain’s hub aviation status and that a third runway at Heathrow is environmentally unacceptable.