Whitehall leaks suggest expansion to London's airports

Whitehall sources have suggested that an interim report by the Davies Airport Commission could select three or four choices from the 58 options its has been presented with - all are London airports

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Decision in 18 months despite Heathrow 'obsession'

The Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has spoken of the "obsession" around building more runways at Heathrow Airport, adding that Government will listen to a panel of experts before making any decisions in 18 months time on the future of UK air capacity.

What we said at the last general election was that we would not build a third runway in this Parliament.

We will not be building a third runway in this Parliament. We will stick by our manifesto commitment.

But it is right for the long-term future of the United Kingdom, we have a panel of experts who will widely be regarded as doing a proper and comprehensive job, and I want to see what their interim report is this week and their final report in 18 months' time and then we'll be able to say which is the right way to go forward.

– The Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin

Asked on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show if the right way forward would be Heathrow expansion, Mr McLoughlin said: "You seem more obsessed about Heathrow than I am."

After being told "everyone is obsessed about it", Mr McLoughlin replied: "Indeed they are, but let's wait and see what the commission say in the longer term."

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