Speaking on the first day of the judicial review into the decision by Newham Council to allow 50% more flights a year from London City Airport, Caroline Pidgeon, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, said:
“I wish the campaigners every success with their legal action. The aviation industry has a long record of exaggerating their economic importance while denying the true impact they have in terms of noise, disturbance and harm to the environment, and this is especially the case in relation to City Airport.
“However the issue of City Airport also raises a much wider issue. It is simply incredible that we do not have a comprehensive picture of aircraft noise across the whole of London.
“If we are to ever have a proper debate about aviation we must first ensure that its true impact is properly known.
"Instead of flip-flopping over whether he supports the expansion of City Airport the Mayor should now guarantee this information is available to every Londoner."