Boris Johnson gets £525,000 to fight City Airport’s appeal over expansion
Boris Johnson has secured more than £525,000 to fight an appeal by London City Airport after he blocked its expansion plans.We will have a new London Mayor next May as Mr Johnson is standing down. So, if you are a member or supporter of a political party and still have a vote in that party’s candidate selection process you might like to ask them what their views on this subject are before deciding who to vote for.
The airport’s bosses will take on the Mayor at a public inquiry next year after he intervened and directed local councillors to turn down the development because it was too noisy.
The scheme includes extra parking for larger planes, a bigger passenger terminal and a “taxi lane” for more planes to use the runway.
The plans mean the annual number of take-offs and landings would increase from 70,000 to 111,000. Passenger numbers would nearly double to six million by 2023.
Meanwhile a consortium that includes the Kuwait Investment Authority and the Ontario teachers’ pension fund was today reported to be considering a bid to buy the airport, valued at up to £2 billion. Australian financial group Macquarie could be a rival bidder.
Hat/tip Helen Zammett