The Mayor of London, will this week launch a feasibility study into a new airport in the Thames Estuary amid growing debate over the location of additional airport capacity in the South East of England.

Boris Johnson is understood to be bringing in external consultants to assist with the project. Supporters of a major airport in the Thames Gateway area east of London believe that it would create as many as 200,000 jobs and solve many of the environmental and political problems associated with the expansion of Heathrow.

Labour hit out at Boris Johnson, London’s mayor, yesterday after he floated the idea of a new airport in the Thames estuary – suggesting it could be a device to detract from the Conservative party’s divisions over the expansion of Heathrow.

Sunday Telegraph, Financial Times