– Friends of the Earth's Head of Campaigns Andrew Pendleton
Confirmation that the Coalition will keep its pledge not to build a third runway at Heathrow is welcome news - but the reality is the South East doesn't need any airport expansion at all.
Building more airports or runways would have an enormous impact on local communities and the environment and would seriously undermine UK efforts to tackle climate change.
The economic case for expansion has not been made - London already has more flights to the world's top business centres than any of its European competitors.
Capacity constraints at Heathrow Airport are restricting growth, according to a new report by MPs which calls for the Government to reverse its position and support a new runway. MP Tim Yeo challenged the PM on the issue yesterday.