New aviation capacity for London
London's - and the UK's - economic prosperity depends on access to a comprehensive network of cities all over the world. Aviation is key to this connectivity, yet severe capacity constraints threaten to limit the number of places that can be served from the UK.
The Mayor of London has launched a campaign to ensure that London has the aviation connectivity to meet its future economic needs. Read the Mayor's message on aviation.
As a result of work undertaken by Transport for London (TfL), the Mayor believes there are three strong options for a new hub airport serving London, all located east of the Capital. These are:
- Building a new hub airport at the isle of Grain (inner Thames Estuary)
- Building a new hub airport in the outer Thames Estuary
- Enlarging Stansted airport
On 19 July 2013, the Mayor submitted detailed technical proposals for each of these three sites to the Airports Commission. These can be read below:
The three proposed locations were identified following an analysis of 16 options, using a set of sift criteria that were subject to a public consultation in early 2013.