Last month, Sadiq Khan urged Theresa May to reject plans for a third runway at Heathrow in order to prevent further air pollution in London.
John Holland-Kaye, chief executive of Heathrow Airport, has now admitted that its expansion plan will be altered to make construction quicker and cheaper.
“Leaving the EU means that it’s more essential than ever that we create trading links to the growing markets of the world and that Britain controls its own trade routes,” John explained.
“And it’s an urgent task if we are to action the prime minister’s vision of a strong and fair post-Brexit economy.
“That’s why we are working to bring the benefits of Heathrow expansion quicker and cheaper, while delivering our environmental and local community commitments, including jobs and apprenticeships.”
In a speech delivered to the Westminster Policy Forum last week, John claimed that expanding Heathrow would create 180,000 jobs – four times the amount that would be created by a new runway at Gatwick Airport.
“That difference is too stark to ignore,” John insisted.
“For connecting to emerging markets, for getting Britain’s exports to the world, for benefits to every region – Heathrow is the strongest choice.
“That is why [we] are working to deliver the benefits of Heathrow expansion more quickly, and at [a] lower cost.”
Further details of the revised plan will be revealed later this month.