Sadiq Khan has written to Theresa May to urge her to make the decision a top priority for the government, and agree in favour of a second runway at Gatwick Airport.
He outlined how he believes backing Gatwick would send a message to the world that London is open for business, providing the additional aviation capacity needed to keep the capital competing with other major global cities.
Khan wrote: “London’s economy needs additional aviation capacity in order to stay competitive with other major global cities and an early decision from you would show to the world that we are open for business.
“Gatwick is the most viable option presented by the Airports Commission. A second runway at Gatwick will bring substantial economic benefits to London and the UK in terms of jobs, growth and investment, without the significant environmental cost to Londoners of expanding Heathrow.”
The mayor said this was a vital decision for London and the UK, but highlighted how important it was for the government to take into account the views of Londoners who he believes will suffer the environmental consequences of the expansion to air pollution hotspot Heathrow.
Tackling London’s poor air quality is a priority for the mayor and he has just finished an initial consultation on a comprehensive package of measures to clean-up the capital’s filthy air.
He has made it clear that aviation expansion must not be at a further cost to Londoners’ health and well-being.
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