London Mayor’s consultation on UK airport capacity invites public comment

London mayor Boris Johnson is asking airlines, businesses and the city’s residents for their views on the alleged airport capacity shortage. The London Assembly set up its own call for evidence in December. The deadline for comment is 28th February, and there are public meetings on 15th January and 6th February at City Hall, when a range of witnesses will be questioned.  On 15th January, John Stewart (Chair of Hacan and of AirportWatch) and Cait Hewitt, Deputy Director of the Aviation Environment Federation, will be questioned. Some of the issues being considered are economics, airport infrastructure, airspace, surface access, environmental impact and deliverability. The London Assembly intends this to produce their  findings by May 2013, which will be submitted as their evidence to the Davies Commission.

 

London mayor opens up airport debate

by Rob Gill
11 Jan 2013 (Buying Business Travel)

London mayor Boris Johnson is asking airlines, businesses and the city’s residents for their views on how to solve the airport capacity shortage.

Johnson has unveiled a set of criteria which will be used to whittle down the possible options for adding capacity in the south-east.

Proposals include the mayor’s own idea for an airport in the Thames estuary dubbed “Boris Island”.  Johnson has also been vehemently against any expansion at Heathrow including a third runway at the airport.

The categories drawn up cover issues such as economics, airport infrastructure, airspace, surface access, environmental impact and deliverability.

“Anybody remotely serious about protecting the ability of the British economy to compete with our global rivals knows that this country desperately requires a multi-runway hub airport of the kind being built in huge numbers around the rest of the world,” said Johnson.

“My team has drafted a set of criteria that we believe can provide a firm basis for establishing which of the proposals would provide the best possible solution.”

The consultation on these criteria will run until February 8 and once they have been formulated they will be used to create a shortlist of possible solutions. Those proposals on this shortlist will then be subjected to feasibility studies by engineers.

Once these studies have been completed they will be submitted to the Davies Commission, which has been set up by the government to look into how to improve hub airport capacity.  [ The Airports Commission (= Davies Commission) website says: ” The Airports Commission examines the need for additional UK airport capacity and recommends to government how this can be met in the short, medium and long term.”  and  “A panel of 6 experts will take forward vital work to examine how the UK’s status as a leading global aviation hub can be maintained”.

The London Assembly’s transport committee is also holding its own investigation into airport capacity which will include two public meetings on January 15 and February 6 with the aim of producing its findings by May 2013.

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 http://buyingbusinesstravel.com/news/1120228-london-mayor-opens-airport-debate

 

The Davies Commission now has a website, at https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/airports-commission

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London Assembly investigation into airport capacity

London Assembly Transport Committee is to produce its findings by May 2013.  The first deadline for comment is past, but comments can still be sent till 28th February.
This is the 7 page paper setting out the London Assembly Transport Cttee Investigation into Airport Capacity in London http://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/airport-capacity-investigation.pdf2 of the people being questioned by the London Assemby on 15th January from 10am are John Stewart, Chair, HACAN & AirportWatch, & Cait Hewitt, Deputy Director AEF

London Assembly. Public meeting Tues 15th Jan, as part of its investigation into air capacity in London & SE: http://www.london.gov.uk/media/press_releases_london_assembly/week-ahead-london-assembly-104  The venue is Chamber, City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London, SE1 2AA. View directions

Meetings are webcast live; archive recordings are also available.

Meeting details at http://www.london.gov.uk/moderngov/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=173&MId=4653

The London Assembly say:
“We need your input to help us examine the issue of airport capacity. Whether you are an aviation expert, a resident living under the flight path or a business leader or just live in London, please email your written evidence or views to transportcommittee@london.gov.uk or via post to City Hall.”

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This is the London Assembly web page on their consultation:

Airport expansion

Investigation into airport capacity will examine the arguments for and against changing existing capacity in London.

Have your say
We need your input to help us examine the issue of airport capacity. Whether you are an aviation expert, a resident living under the flight path or a business leader or just live in London, please email your written evidence or views totransportcommittee@london.gov.uk or via post to City Hall.

Public meetings on airport capacity will be held on 15 January 2013 and 6 February 2013. If you would like your evidence or views used to inform these please provide by Wednesday 9 January. Otherwise submissions will be accepted until 28 February 2013.

Our investigation
The London Assembly’s Transport Committee has launched an investigation into airport capacity in London, and calling for the views of Londoners, including aviation experts, business leaders, environmentalists, to submit evidence.

The investigation aims to:

  • Examine the arguments for and against changing existing airport capacity in London including analysing current capacity and current and future estimates of demand for air travel;
  • Explore the different options for addressing airport capacity in the short, medium and long-term including the scope for more rational use of existing airport capacity; and
  • Set out findings in a written submission to the Government’s independent airports commission, chaired by Sir Howard Davies, by May 2013.

Read the full scope of our investigation:

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http://www.london.gov.uk/who-runs-london/the-london-assembly/assembly_investigation/airport-expansion

 

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GLA launches its own call for evidence on London airport capacity and invites comments

4.12.2012In addition to the inquiry into airport capacity by the Transport Select Committee of the House of Commons, which was reported on yesterday, the Greater London Authority has now announced its own call for evidence on London airport capacity. They are asking Londoners to send them views and evidence for and against expansion of capacity. The GLA says its work will identify issues that the Government’s independent Airports Commission, chaired by Sir Howard Davies, should take into account when considering the options for airport expansion.  While Boris believes London’s airports will be full by 2030, aviation and environmental campaigning groups do not believe there is a crisis, and existing capacity can be used more smartly. Opponents of expansion question the estimated increase in demand for air travel in future, especially for business purposes. The deadline for written submissions is 28th February 2013. The Committee will produce its findings by May 2013.  The final report will be submitted to the Airports Commission in May 2013.

http://www.airportwatch.org.uk/?p=1971