Boris Johnson said on 19th October that plans for a £15billion airport on north Kent’s Hoo peninsula deserve “proper consideration” as he urged new Transport Secretary Justine Greening to address London’s aviation crisis.
The Mayor said ex-Cathay Pacific executive John Olsen’s proposal for a three-runway airport at Cliffe should be discussed as one of several possible sites. Mr Olsen claims his plan is the “only viable project”. He has slammed architect Lord Foster’s £50billion bid to build an airport on the Isle of Grain, as well as Mr Johnson’s idea of a Thames estuary hub.
Mr Olsen’s airport would handle up to 100million passengers a year. The 600-acre site – already owned by the Government through the Port of London Authority – is only 30 miles from central London. The M2 and M25 are nearby and the High Speed 1 rail link to St Pancras is about six miles away. He insists no public money would be spent on the project, and that there have been talks with potential backers from the Middle East and Far East.
The Mayor said Ms Greening had a “real opportunity” to address the threat to London’s economy from a “crippling lack of aviation capacity”. He wants government