Published: 12:00, 26 August 2014 |
Updated: 09:39, 27 August 2014
A new airport hub on the Isle of Grain would provide 336,000 jobs and contribute £92.1bn to the economy each year by 2050, according to Boris Johnson.
The new figures are the mayor's latest attempt to revive a project that has been vehemently opposed by many in Kent, including Medway Council.
The mayor is also drawing support from a Chamber of Commerce survey which found the airport plan is strongly supported by the Kent business community.
“There is no better example of the stark choice between planning for the future and depressing short-termism," said the Mayor.
"A new hub airport, properly planned, has the potential to reshape the economic geography of London and the whole of the southeast for decades to come.
"It would be a project of a scale we are no longer accustomed to in this country, though it has become commonplace elsewhere.
"We simply cannot afford to miss out on the opportunities a new airport would give us.”
But opponents believe alternative plans, which don't result in the destruction of vital, irreplaceable wetland habitat must take preference.
Full reaction in this week's Medway Messenger.
Don't miss out, subscribe today. Keep up to date with our newsletters.
A guide for your future. For year 11 students in Kent and Medway. Click here for the e-edition.
Education, Training & Childcare is a special supplement published by KM Media Group four times a year. Click here for latest e-edition.
Get the latest food and drink news, recipes from some of the nation's top chefs plus updates from Kent's vineyards and breweries.
Search in your local area to find your perfect partner in Kent, with FreshStart Dating! PLUS, register for free!.
Find out what's going on in the garden, with Kent expert Lucy Hewett's weekly update.
Buy pictures that you've seen in a KM newspaper, or send in a picture and we will place it on our photo sales website so that you can purchase a super, unique gift.