Simple Flying - Mark Finlay

Plans to build a new airport in the Thames Estuary appear dead in the water.

Talk of London Heathrow Airport (LHR) getting a third runway has been going on for years, with many people in favor and many against. Of the people against the idea is former London Mayor and later Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who famously said he would personally lay down in front of the bulldozers if they tried to go ahead with the plan.

As an alternative, an idea was floated to build an airport in the middle of the Thames, the main river running through London. Does it hold water?

In 2016 while still, the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said that building a new airport in the Thames Estuary or expanding London Stansted Airport (STN) were the only two viable options.

Airports Commission said,

”We are not persuaded that a very large airport in the Thames Estuary is the right answer to London’s and the UK’s connectivity needs. To roll the dice on a very risky project, where delays and overruns are highly likely, would be reckless. The Commission has concluded that the proposal for a new ITE airport has substantial disadvantages that collectively outweigh its potential benefits.

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