Third runway to be built at Heathrow

The Government has decided that a third runway will be built at Heathrow.

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A look back at the history of Heathrow and Gatwick

From small wartime airfields, Heathrow and Gatwick have grown beyond anyone's imagination.

In the run-up to the government announcement , many observers felt that Gatwick was the one with the potential to expand further, while Heathrow was dogged by planning, environmental and political issues as well as local opposition.

Martin Dowse looks at the growth and historical rivalry.

  1. West Country

What could Heathrow's new runway mean for me?

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A third Heathrow runway has been given the go-ahead, the Government has confirmed.

The controversial decision has already sparked protests, although the president of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has said that creating the runway will bring benefits to the whole country.

So, how might the South West be affected?

  • Heathrow has proposed six new routes across the UK
  • Among them, will be flights direct to Newquay Airport
  • Commuters would have another option into the captial city
  • It could mean another tourist route into the South West

Meanwhile Bristol airport has urged the government to support aviation growth across the whole country

Robert Sinclair, Chief Executive Officer at Bristol Airport, said: “Today’s decision reflects the new Government’s keen focus to keep Britain moving and demonstrate it is open for business in a post-Brexit era.

However, most passengers flying into and out of the UK use airports other than Heathrow.

The benefits of increased connectivity, inbound tourism and more jobs must be spread across the whole country, not just concentrated in London.

– Robert Sinclair, Bristol Airport

He's urged that the role of major regional airports must not be overlooked

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Heathrow expansion 'will benefit whole country'

Heathrow Airport. Credit: PA

Creating a third runway at Heathrow will bring benefits to the entire country, the president of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has said.

Paul Drechsler, president of the CBI, said: "The Prime Minister's green light to expand the UK's aviation capacity comes as an enormous relief to firms in every corner of the country.

"A new runway at Heathrow is really fantastic news, especially as the country has waited nearly 50 years for this decision.

"It will create the air links that will do so much to drive jobs and unlock growth across the UK, allowing even more of our innovative, ambitious and internationally focussed firms, from Bristol to Belfast, to take off and break into new markets."

Terry Scuoler, chief executive of EEF, the manufacturers' organisation added: "Giving the green light to Heathrow expansion is the right one for industry and the country.

"Heathrow will be a key linchpin in enabling post-Brexit trade and this decision provides reassurance to manufacturers that access to direct, efficient and cost-effective trade routes to the rest of the world will be backed by action and not just words."

Residents will be "dismayed and distraught" over Heathrow decision

HACAN says residents will be distraught Credit: ITV

Campaign group HACAN, which has opposed a new runway at Heathrow, says countless residents will be ‘dismayed and distraught’ by today’s announcement. And it questions whether the runway will can ever be built because of the huge obstacles Heathrow still faces in delivering it.

Countless residents will be dismayed and distraught by this decision. Some will lose their homes. Some face the daunting prospect of living under a noisy flight path for the first time. And many others will get yet more planes over their heads. But real doubts must remain whether this new runway will ever see the light of day. The hurdles it faces remain: costs, noise, air pollution and widespread opposition including an expected legal challenge from the local authorities.

As expected, permission for a new runway has been made dependent on certain legal conditions being met. HACAN will fight for the implementation of these measures whether we get a third runway or Heathrow ultimately remains a two runway airport.

– HACAN chair John Stewart
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