As consultations for the controversial third runway at Heathrow are under way, pro campaigners have released a video of a retired Heathrow Airport worker discussing the project's benefits.
Back Heathrow released the video to coincide with the Department for Transport northwest runway event held at Hounslow Civic Centre last week.
In the film, Oscar White who lives close to the airport in Hounslow West and spent more than three decades working at the hub airport claims noise levels are much lower now with quieter aircraft.
"The noise levels are so low now with these modern aircraft they are so quiet," the 78-year-old said.
Straight out of the RAF, he worked as an aircraft engineer for BOAC (currently British Airways) at Heathrow from 1967 until 1998 and has seen in the glory days of the Concorde and the first Boeing 747 landing.
Mr White said: “Heathrow is the hub of the world and a third runway is going to be an asset.
"Heathrow has given me secure employment over these years and I really relished it.
"I also think of all the local people who work at the airport who have secure employment."
People from across the borough attended the Hounslow consultation on Monday February 28, including supporters who welcomed the new jobs, prosperity and opportunities that expansion will bring.
Hounslow resident Malcolm Bliss who attended the consultation, said: “It was great to be able to hear more about the plans for a new runway – it’s a very exciting time for those of us who back expansion.”
However, there are many campaigners against the proposed new runway, with concerns over noise levels and the impact it will have on residents.
Back Heathrow campaign manager Paul Cowling added: “We already know from a recent poll by Hounslow Council that more local residents support a new runway than oppose it .
"We urge everyone who backs this vital project to take part in the consultation so that the government hears their views."
Last week, a new anti-expansion group made itself known, called Brentford and Hounslow Stop Heathrow Expansion (BASHR3).
Brentford resident Dave Waller has helped set up the new campaign group claiming many more lives will be blighted by another flightpath, urging people to attend the consulatations.
He said: "My partner is suffering severe asthma because of the level of air pollution in the area.
"If the third runway goes ahead, it is sure to get worse and we will be forced to move out of the area.
"Our lives will also be blighted by an increase in noise caused by the new flightpath, which will cut across Brentford.
"I urge everyone who is concerned about the health impact of these plans to join the Brentford and Hounslow Stop Heathrow Expansion campaign and fight these environmentally destructive proposals."
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