Still Up in the Air?

Will the development of a controversial third runway at Heathrow happen? Will capacity issues be resolved? Mark Broadbent considers the latest on the decades-long UK airport expansion saga.

To expand or not to expand UK airports? Should there be a new runway, new terminals or even a brand new facility? For decades there have been questions lingering over governments who have wrestled with resolving the country's ongoing capacity challenges.

Back in 2016, the UK government accepted a recommendation by the Airports Commission to build a third runway at Heathrow. Two years later, MPs voted overwhelmingly – by 415 votes to 119 – in favour of the proposal.

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