Boris: Olympics made case for hub airport
The Olympics has shifted opinion in favour of a new UK hub airport to replace Heathrow, the London Mayor has claimed.
Boris Johnson told the Transport Select Committee that expansion of Heathrow would mean "immense political grief and colossal noise pollution". He expressed his support for a new hub airport elsewhere in the South East instead.
Mr Johnson said he believed he was winning the argument and that the Olympics had helped make the case by demonstrating the benefits of mass transit.
"I am confident that the case for boldness is increasingly being heard... I think one of the gamechangers was the Olympics."
Mr Johnson wants a new airport in the Thames Estuary or possible expansion at Stansted.
He outlined the benefits of these options but refused to say which he preferred. "Like a tigress with cubs… I will not choose til the last possible moment," he said.