UK Airport Expansion Decision Due Next Week

October 18, 2016

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The UK government will announce next week its decision on where it will approve airport expansion in the south-east of the country.

London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports are the candidates for additional runway capacity in a process that is coming to a conclusion after over 20 years of debate.

The decision will be taken by a sub-committee of cabinet which will meet next week to select the winning bid. There will then be a period of public consultation before parliament votes on it. The vote is not expected for another year.

An airports commission backed Heathrow in its bid to add a third runway, but in its 2015 report didn’t preclude further expansion at Gatwick as well.

Heathrow has been campaigning for 25 years to build an additional runway as it is running very close to full capacity.