Mayor of London considers new London airport site
UK’s Mayor of London Boris Johnson is reportedly considering the construction of a new major airport at Cliffe on the Hoo peninsula in north Kent, to expand flight capacity to/from London without expanding London Heathrow Airport (BBC News, 24-Oct-2010). The mayor has also been considering the construction of an airport in the city’s Thames Estuary. The airport in Cliffe was previously considered by the UK Government in 2002, but the idea was scrapped in Dec-2003. The latest proposal for the airport has been put forward by former Cathay Pacific British head, John Olsen. A spokesperson for Mayor Johnson stated it is vital a location for additional runway capacity be identified to allow London to remain one of the world’s leading cities.