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Farrell: 'Howard Davies' review has come to the right conclusions'

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Video: Terry Farrell gives his thoughts on London’s airport expansion at the AJ’s Green Rethink conference

Farrell, who has been a long-time critic of plans for a new London hub airport, welcomed the findings of today’s independent review into the UK’s aviation capacity.

‘Howard Davies review has come to the right conclusions in questioning the need for a hub airport and talking about sequencing of new runways in 2030 and 2050,’ Farrell said in response to the report. ‘I strongly believe the next runway should be at Gatwick which would relieve pressure at Heathrow, keep fares competitive and cause the least environmental damage.

‘In my view, expanding Heathrow is not an option and bulldozing it is not an option either, so we have to look at a third way which is the constellation system favoured by world cities like New York and Tokyo where the metropolis is the destination, unlike stopover airports like Amsterdam and Dubai.’

Speaking at last month’s inaugural Footprint Live conference Farrell said that where airports go ‘is a big architectural issue’.

He went on to highlight the environmental impact of a hub airport, ‘Its not about the runways and the terminal buildings, its about where do we put these things in London? How do we use what we’ve got? Where we place them will have an enormous impact on the amount of energy we consume and pollution and so on.’

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