6 JANUARY 2014
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Airports Commission Chairman Sir Howard Davies will face two grillings as London returns from the mid-winter break, at Runways UK (see Airing the hub), and on behalf of Parliament.
Sir Howard will appear before the House of Commons’ Transport Committee on 20 January. Their report argued that expanding Heathrow was the “best way forward”.
Committee Chairman Louise Ellman said: “I am pleased therefore that two options for Heathrow expansion are on the short list of long term options produced by the Airports Commission.
“Our report noted a number of serious challenges associated with building an entirely new hub airport in the Thames estuary area, many of which have been noted by the commission.
“For example, a new Isle of Grain hub would cost approximately five times more than expanding Heathrow.” The proposal for a Thames estuary airport, championed by London Mayor Boris Johnson, has not been entirely dismissed by the commission despite failing to make the shortlist. www.parliament.uk/business/committees
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