Boris Johnson ditches £200m London City Airport expansion plans

Boris Johnson today pulled the plug on plans to double the capacity of London City Airport, saying expansion would “blight the lives of thousands of people”.

The Mayor of London said granting permission for the £200million scheme – including a 50 per cent increase in take-offs and landings – would lead to an “unacceptable” increase in noise, and stood by his call for the construction of a so-called Boris Island hub airport to the east of London.

A Mayor of London spokesman today said: “The mayor has long argued that Heathrow Airport cannot be expanded due to the increased noise it would lead to in west London and he is not willing to expose east London to additional noise either.”

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