FSB reject proposals for Estuary airport plans

ESSEX FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) has rejected the Mayor of London’s proposals to create a new hub airport in the Thames Estuary.

Essex FSB Chairman, Iain Wicks, said: “At the most recent meeting of the Essex FSB County Executive an extensive discussion took place regarding the Mayor of London’s proposals to create a new hub airport in the Thames Estuary.

“There is acceptance by Essex FSB that there will be an increase in the number of people flying from airports in the South East but rather than create a new airport in the Thames Estuary, with all the problems that would bring, we would like to see better use mad of the available capacity at existing airports including London Southend, London Stansted and Manston in Kent.

“We also believe that if a hub airport is needed consideration should be given to London Gatwick being developed to fulfil that role.

“This policy decision will form the basis of our response to the Mayor of London and will also be sent to the SELEP (South East Local Enterprise Partnership) Transport Working Group for inclusion in their consideration of the Mayor’s proposal.”

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