Bernie Baldwin reports on the progress of the third runway project at London’s Heathrow Airport as well as other developments at this hub.

An Etihad Airways Airbus A380 lifts off from Heathrow. Over 30 airlines would like to start or grow operations from Heathrow. AirTeamImages.com/Steve Flint

Getting a massive infrastructure project under way is never an easy task, even when the general belief is that it is worthwhile and desirable. Doing so when there is fierce opposition presents a whole set of additional challenges.

It is almost three years since the Airports Commission in the UK – after reviewing various options – decided that the best plan for additional capacity in the southeast of England was Heathrow Airport’s new northwest runway proposal. However, it was October 2016 before the UK Government gave it the go-ahead.

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