Friday 20 November 2015 12:00 am

London airport expansion: Sadiq Khan ramps up support for second Gatwick runway over Heathrow

Labour mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan will today up the ante in the London airports row by coming out stronger than ever in making the case for a second runway at Gatwick.

The Tooting MP will meet with senior executives at the Sussex airport to conduct a charm offensive aimed at laying out his pro-Gatwick position.

Khan is expected to reiterate views made in City A.M. in June, when he said that the answer to the capital's airport capacity conundrum lies in “expanding Gatwick and making Heathrow better, not bigger”.

Critics accused Khan of a U-turn as he had previously backed a third runway at Heathrow. However, Khan is expected to say that competition between the two airports will benefit businesses and outline his vision for a rail link between Heathrow and Gatwick.

Zac Goldsmith, his Tory mayoral rival, is also a staunch opponent of Heathrow expansion.