Stat of the day: 400m

The number of passengers expected to pass through London's airports each year by 2050.

by Elizabeth Anderson
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013
More banter from Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary yesterday, who has been railing against a proposal to build an airport in the Thames Estuary. Not one to mince his words, O’Leary yesterday called the idea ‘absolutely nuts’. ‘Please, please don’t waste billions and billions of pounds building another white elephant in the Romney Marshes or wherever it is.’ Nice.

So what of the estimated 400m passengers a year who are expected to pass through the South East’s airports by 2050 (up from 140m at the moment)? O’Leary suggests more runways should be built on London’s five existing airports instead. Which will go down like a lead balloon with campaign groups…

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