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Airports Commission backs new runway at Heathrow

A long-awaited report by the Airport Commission into airport capacity has recommended that a new runway should be built at Heathrow rather than Gatwick.

The options considered were a third runway at Heathrow, extending an existing one, or building a second runway at Gatwick.

The commission recommended a new runway at Heathrow providing a "comprehensive" package of measures be undertaken, including a ban on night flights, a new levy to fund insulation for homes, schools and other community facilities around Heathrow, and an independent noise authority.

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New runway could be worth £147bn to UK economy

The new runway at Heathrow could benefit the UK economy to the tune of around £147 billion, the Airports Commission has said.

The commission said a new runway would generate up to £147 billion in economic output over 60 years and create more than 70,000 jobs by 2050.

But the cost of building a new runway is estimated to be around £17.6 billion, said the commission, with billions more in transport costs.

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