I am astounded that such reactions, yet again, can be provoked from an article of fewer than 300 words in a 2 bit local rag.
In the second paragraph the writer admits that the proposal is only one of ten possible. It is obviously a non-starter. Of more importance is what the other nine are.
Let us keep some ideas clear. There is never going to be a new greenfield airport – it is not only politically unacceptable, it is also unnecessary. Neither will there be any construction out in the wet quicksands where freezing storms, gale force winds, fog and bird strikes are an everyday danger.
Airport expansion will go forward – the question is where. Without doubt it will be at an existing airport.
Many factors have to be taken into account to decide where to expand, not least the accessibility from everywhere in the country, not only London. To focus minds let us look at just one factor, the distance from Charing Cross (as the proverbial crow – or is it B737 – flies) to each airport mentioned or possible.
The aforementioned(in the original article) Haddenham is 64.25 kms. from Charing Cross so is obviously too far from the capital..
Heathrow 23.15 kms.
Gatwick 39.20 kms.
Luton 44.25 kms.
Stansted 49.20 kms.
Southend 57.75 kms.
Isle of Grain 58.00 kms.
Foulness 73.50 kms.
Please notice that the last four are on the east of the Greenwich Meridian, noticeably at a greater distance, and less accessible for the vast majority of the population. I think it is, therefore, easier to draw feasible conclusions.