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Today's coverage of the decision to build a third runway at Heathrow.
Interview with Alasdair McDermott, Gatwick Airport Commissions Director.
Interview with John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow Chief Executive.
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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.
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.
He's urged that the role of major regional airports must not be overlooked
Zac Goldsmith has told MPs in the House of Commons that the confirmed plans for a Heathrow expansion are 'wrong, doomed and undeliverable'.Read the full story ›