Manchester Airports Group (MAG) is expected to argue that expanding Stansted would be the lower-cost alternative to a third runway at Heathrow, according to reports.

MAG will argue today in its reponse to the Davies Commission that Stansted could become a hub in the long term, but the government should retain flexibility in determining the location of a new runway project, reported Sky News.

Its submission will say that expanding Stansted through additional runway capacity at the Essex airport should be among the options considered by Sir Howard Davies’ panel.

Like Heathrow Airport Holdings’ response to the commission, MAG will not set out a preferred single option for capacity growth.

It will not express a firm view about whether a hub or distributed capacity model is the right strategy for British aviation.