Advisers back new runway at Heathrow

The group set up to advise government on UK airport capacity has recommended building a third runway at Heathrow, to the dismay of local and green campaigners

Heathrow plans must address airy quality (photograph: Jason Kench/123RF)The Airports Commission has backed the expansion of Heathrow, claiming it is consistent with meeting national carbon budgets and air quality impacts can be mitigated.

In its final report, published in July, the panel led by Sir Howard Davies makes a “clear and unanimous” recommendation that the UK needs a new runway in south-east England by 2030 and it should be built at Heathrow.1

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