Fresh consultation casts doubt on Heathrow expansion

New government analysis has cut the economic benefits of a third runway and indicated it would be risky for air quality

Building a third runway could jeopardise meeting air quality limits, the government has admitted. Photograph: Heathrow Airports LimitedThe case for expanding Heathrow remains strong, according to the government, despite its new analysis concluding that a second runway at Gatwick would be better for the economy, passengers, noise and air quality.

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