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London Mayor keen to learn more from Denver about relocating a major hub

The Mayor of Denver and officials from Denver International Airport arrive in the UK today where they will be quizzed by the Mayor of London regarding their experience of successfully relocating a major international airport.

In a scenario with startling parallels to the current debate regarding the future of Heathrow airport, twenty years ago officials from the ‘mile high city’ were also thrashing out how best to provide new aviation capacity.

The Denver contigent is expected to describe how, despite opposition from major airlines who claimed demand for a new airport was non-existent, they successfully relocated DIA to a new site outside the city with room for 12 runways. 

While in London the team from Denver are also expected to meet with officials from the Davies Commission who are considering where best to locate new aviation capacity in the southeast.

Johnson, says: “West London is bursting at the seams and there is a reason that a third runway has not been built at Heathrow in the last 50 years, which is that it would be in entirely the wrong place. 

"We are world leaders in aviation and people are always going to want to fly to this city. But the hub airport we have got is in the wrong place.

"So we should move Heathrow, other cities like Denver have done it and there is no reason why we should not do it, too.”

Denver created an entire new urban neighbourhood on the site of the former Stapleton International Airport, and as Johnson revealed last week, he firmly believes that London can do the same with Heathrow.

In Denver's case, planning the neighbourhood began six years before the airport was relocated, and Johnson believes that London can learn from this.

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