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October 18, 2015

Edinburgh Airport chairman warns against ‘steroid enhanced’ third runway at Heathrow

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.

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.

"It is claimed that the proposed expansion would add £147bn to the UK economy and create 70,000 jobs by 2050."

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.

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.

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