Edinburgh Airport chairman Sir John Elvidge has strongly opposed construction of a third runaway at London Heathrow, UK, claiming it would have a negative impact on Scotland.
In a statement reported by Herald Scotland, Elvidge said that a third runway at Heathrow would ‘stifle competition’ and leave Scotland ‘feeding a steroid-enhanced’ hub at the expense of its own growth.
Construction of an additional runway at Heathrow was recommended instead of a second runway in nearby Gatwick Airport by the UK Airports Commission in July.
Estimated to require an investment of £22.6bn, it is claimed that the proposed expansion of Heathrow would add £147bn to the UK economy and create 70,000 jobs by 2050.
In September, London mayor Boris Johnson also expressed his objection to the expansion and sent a 30-page dossier to MPs opposing the commission’s recommendation to expand Heathrow Airport.
Johnson argued that residents living under the flight paths would be subjected to increased noise pollution.
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The number of people affected due to these environmental issues will increase by 250,000 to reach one million, he claimed.
Johnson has been supporting construction of a new airport on the Thames estuary, which he claims would result in 50% more routes overall and double the number of domestic flights.