The British government approves the third runway for London airport
A determination that a third runway is to be built at Heathrow paves the way for hundreds of thousands of extra flights a year for the London airport.
In the long-awaited acknowledgment, the government seems as if it has approved the proposal of the Airports Commission to extend Heathrow rather than Gatwick airport, which had anticipated to build a second runway.
The move arrives six years after the Conservative-led coalition rejected previous proposals for a third runway at Heathrow.
The determination to expand Heathrow is to be voted by parliament sometime in 2017 or 2018. Under the airport’s recommended plan, an extra runway and a sixth terminal will be constructed to the northwest of the present airport boundary at the cost of £17.6bn, destroying the nearby village of Harmondsworth.
Popular demonstrations and legal challenges are anticipated to follow the decision, with campaigners assumed to focus on air quality, noise, and Britain’s climate change responsibilities. The runway, which could be constructed by 2025, would involve almost 50% more planes over London, leading new neighborhoods under the flight path.
Affirming the decision to build a third runway at Heathrow, transport secretary Chris Grayling states the government has made a “momentous” decision today. He further added, “I am proud that after years of negotiations and delay this government is taking firm action to ensure the UK’s place in the global aviation market – achieving jobs and business opportunities for the next decade and beyond.“
The Department for Transport responded a new runway at Heathrow would produce economic benefits to passengers and the broader economy worth up to £61 billion.
Up to 77,000 extra local jobs are anticipated to be created over the next 14 years, and the airport has committed to creating 5,000 new apprenticeships over the same period, it said.
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