Boris sets out airport criteria

BORIS Johnson yesterday said he will present a shortlist of potential sites for airport expansion to the government as early as this year, the latest move in his campaign for more flight capacity for the south east.

The Mayor of London also published proposed standards that a hub airport site must meet before being put to the government, including a short construction timescale, swift rail links, and the possibility of 24-hour operation. The final point is likely to exclude expansion of Heathrow.

Johnson has set up his own inquiry into airport capacity, run in parallel with the government inquiry led by ex-FSA chair Howard Davies.

The Mayor has previously described the Davies Commission, which will not report until after the next general election, as a “fudge-orama”.