Close Heathrow airport, London mayor proposes

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Close uncompetitive Heathrow: Mayor

London’s Mayor Boris Johnson on Monday proposed shutting Heathrow airport and replacing it with a major new hub to the east of the capital. Setting out three proposals to end Britain’s chronic shortage of air capacity, Mr. Johnson said a new four-runway airport would create thousands of jobs. “For London and the wider U.K. to remain competitive, we have to build an airport capable of emulating that scale of growth,” he told a press conference. Anyone who believes there would be the space to do that at Heathrow, which already blights the lives of hundreds of thousands of Londoners, is quite simply crackers.” Despite being one of the world’s busiest airports, Heathrow in west London has only two runways and is running at 98.5 per cent of its capacity. Mr. Johnson will submit the plans this week to the government-appointed Airport Commission, due to give its recommendations on the future of British air transport in 2015. — AFP



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