Heathrow, not Gatwick! Third runway expansion approved

By Shayan Shakeel 25 October 2016
Heathrow, not Gatwick! Third runway expansion approved The expansion will be the first full-length runway in southeast England since World War II

Teresa May's government has managed to push past years of thorny contention to expand London's Heathrow airport. Earlier today, the UK v with a 16 billion-pound ($20 billion) plan to add a third runway.

The approval came at the end of a cabinet committee meeting earlier today and will allow the airport to nearly double its capacity to 135 million passengers a year.

The expansion will be the first full-length runway in southeast England since World War II, according to Bloomberg.  It will benefit the UK economy by as much as 61 billion pounds and create up to 77,000 jobs 14 years, the government said.

There is however, a while before construction at the airport begins. Public consultations on the effects of expansion will be followed by a final government decision after which members of parliament will vote on the decision in 2017-18.

Construction is likely only to begin in 2021 with additional capacity expected to come online not before 2025, according to the UK's Airports Commission. 

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