Heathrow airport’s expansion plans have “long since passed the limits of public acceptability”, according to chief advisor to the Mayor of London on aviation, Daniel Moylan.
In an open letter published in the Daily Telegraph, Moylan calls the airport the “most noise-polluting in Europe” and believes Heathrow has “simply outgrown its premises”.
Moylan, who is backing Boris Johnson’s proposals for a new hub airport in the Thames estuary dubbed ‘Boris Island’, has called on Heathrow to join up with the mayor to bring a new airport to the city.
“As the most noise-polluting airport in Europe, hemmed in by homes and motorways on a site half the size of Paris’s Charles de Gaulle, Heathrow has simply outgrown its premises,” said Moylan.
“It is time that Heathrow joined with the Mayor of London, who has championed aviation since he came to office, to work for the new hub airport Britain needs, located where noise is not a problem.”
A report last week, commissioned by Heathrow, found the average ticket price could be £300 lower by 2030 if it was allowed to expand, while a third runway could add 40 new routes from the airport.
The report found that airfares have been pushed up by around £95 because Heathrow is already operating at full capacity.
Moylan agrees with these findings but still doesn’t believe expansion of the UK’s largest airport is the answer.
“London’s population will be 10 million by 2030 and the Heathrow site could provide homes and jobs for many of them. To see crowded west London as the only airport solution is a recipe for inaction.”