Estuary airport ruled out
by James Wood Wed 3 September 2014, 10:22 am
The Airports Commission has concluded after an eighteen-month study that proposals for the Inner Thames Estuary (ITE) airport at the Isle of Grain would not be shortlisted for further consideration.
The Inner Thames Estuary Airport: summary and decision paper shortlisted the three remaining options to improve the UK’s connectivity: a proposal to extend the existing northern runway at Heathrow to the west, a third runway to the north-west of the existing Heathrow runways and a second runway south of and parallel to the existing runway at Gatwick.
Details in the report compared the proposed location for the ITE Airport with Heathrow: “The location of the airport would be less convenient than Heathrow for the majority of passengers.”
The commission chairman Sir Howard Davies, also said in the report: "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.
"While we recognise the need for a hub airport, we believe this should be a part of an effective system of competing airports to meet the needs of a widely spread and diverse market like London's.”