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MP: Heathrow expansion U-turn would be a 'betrayal'

A Heathrow expansion U-turn by David Cameron would be an "off-the-scale betrayal" a Tory MP has said.

Passengers queue to check in and to re-book tickets at Terminal 5 of Heathrow Airport. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Zac Goldsmith, MP for Richmond Park & North Kingston, whose seat would be affected by a third runway, said the move would make voters question whether the Prime Minister could be trusted, and would be "catastrophic' for Mr Cameron's reputation.

Government-appointed Airports Commission is due to outline its initial thoughts in a report next week. Mr Goldsmith has questioned its independence and suggested that accepting its findings would, in effect, be supporting the expansion of Heathrow.

Air control problem causes chaos at UK airports

Thousands of people have been affected after a technical problem at an air traffic control centre caused chaos at airports across the UK.

Disruption includes:

  • Heathrow cancelled 217 flights so far today
  • Gatwick cancelled five flights but experienced 86 delays
  • Stansted said flights had been delayed by up to three hours


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Gatwick statement

“We are continuing to experience a power outage affecting some operational systems in the South Terminal. Unfortunately this has resulted in some delays for passengers and we apologise for any inconvenience caused. We are working hard to fix the problem and have contingencies in place to minimise disruption. We advise all passengers to confirm the status of their flight with the airline and to check in at the terminal they are scheduled to fly from.”

– Grant Payne, Media Relations Executive

Gatwick passenger claims flight takes off without her

The power cut at Gatwick carried on into the afternoon, with some passengers praising the efforts of staff, while others were more critical.


Gatwick passengers told to keep checking in as usual

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