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Heathrow and Gatwick shortlisted for expansion

Expansion of Heathrow and Gatwick are the shortlisted options being considered by a government-backed commission into airport expansion. In its interim report, the commission also says a new airport will be needed in the South East by 2030.

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Main points of Airports Commission interim report

Here is a summary of the main points from the interim report by the Independent Airports Commission:

  • Heathrow is effectively full and Gatwick is operating at more than 85% of capacity
  • Aviation demand "likely to increase significantly between now and 2050"
  • Demand is likely to be concentrated in the South East, where more people live and wages are higher on average
  • There is a need for one additional runway to be in operation in South East by 2030 and likely to be demand for a second one by 2050
  • Proposals for additional runways at Heathrow and Gatwick were short-listed. 'Boris Island' proposal in Thames Estuary will be looked at in first half of 2014 and may join short list.

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