Khan would reconsider Mayor’s block on City Airport expansion

11 November 2015, Blog

Sadiq Khan last week suggested that he would reverse Boris Johnson’s decision to block expansion at London City Airport. Khan, who is an opponent of Heathrow’s expansion, said that if elected, he would revisit the decision “in detail.”

Newham Council approved the airport’s expansion plans in February, but Boris Johnson blocked the decision by overriding it. Both the mayor and the Conservative candidate, Zac Goldsmith share the view that the increased number of flights would cause too much noise disruption to the local community.

Khan argues that because City Airport is small in comparison to Heathrow and Gatwick, the impact on residents would be limited. He states that London needs more airport capacity to support growth and ease congestion, saying that there is a “real risk of London being left behind” if action is not taken.

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