25 October 2016
Heathrow’s third runway given green light
Heathrow Airport has been given the go-ahead from the Government for a third runway.
A second runway at Gatwick and a proposal for an expansion of an existing runway at Heathrow were both rejected.
The new runway could be operational by 2025.
The impact of the third runway will be discussed during a public consultation, which will take place before MPs vote on the final decision in winter 2017/18.
A six-and-a-half-hour ban on scheduled night flights will be introduced for the first time, the Government has suggested, as well as more stringent noise restrictions.
The Department for Transport claims a new runway will bring economic benefits worth up to £61 billion.
Business groups, politicians and trade unions welcomed the decision as an end to years of "dithering" over the issue.
However, environmental groups continue to express concerns about the impact on climate change and some local residents are angry at the prospect of thousands of more flights each year.
Tory MP Zac Goldsmith intends to honour his pledge to resign and force a by-election in Richmond Park and Kingston North in protest at the outcome, the local Conservative Association confirms.
Announcing the decision, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: "I am proud that after years of discussion and delay this Government is taking decisive action to secure the UK's place in the global aviation market - securing jobs and business opportunities for the next decade and beyond."
The Government is expected to face legal challenges over the decision.