UK Government Grounds Thames Estuary Airport Plan

1 November 2010 (Last Updated November 1st, 2010 18:30)

The UK Government has rejected the proposal to build a major airport in the Thames Estuary or Kent to increase flight capacity for London. UK Prime Minister David Cameron said the Government has no plans to construct a new airport in the area. Mayor of London Boris Johnson for

The UK Government has rejected the proposal to build a major airport in the Thames Estuary or Kent to increase flight capacity for London.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron said the Government has no plans to construct a new airport in the area.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson forwarded a proposal to build a new airport in Kent and the Thames Estuary to increase flight capacity around London without expanding Heathrow Airport.

The airport proposal in Kent has been strongly criticised by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Medway Council and Kent County Council because of the effect it would have on the environment.

Protect Kent spokesperson Gemma Watts told kentnews.co.uk that an airport in the proposed area would be a bad choice as flights to and from the airport will be vulnerable to bird strikes because of large populations of migrating birds.