Government to consult on Thames Estuary airport
18 January 2012
Commenting on reports that the Government is to hold a formal consultation on controversial plans for a new airport in the Thames Estuary, Friends of the Earth's Executive Director Andy Atkins said:
"A new airport in the Thames estuary would have a devastating impact on local communities and the environment - and all for pie-in-the sky economics that simply don't add up.
"London doesn't need another hub airport - the capital already has more flights to the world's main business destinations than our European neighbours.
"David Cameron's pledge to lead the greenest Government ever will ring hollow if he gives the green light to a huge expansion in air travel."
Notes to editors:
1. A Friends of the Earth briefing, Heathrow Expansion - Its True Costs, exposes many of the misleading arguments about the financial benefits of aviation growth.