Third runway at Heathrow Airport approved

Thirteen years on from Alistair Darling’s white paper, a third runway at Heathrow has been given the go-ahead.

Reporter: Daniel Khalili-Tari

The Department for Transport says the decision will boost the economy by up to £61billion

London Mayor Sadiq Khan opposes the decision. Source: Wikimedia Commons

The government has accepted the recommendations of the Airports Commission to expand Heathrow instead of Gatwick Airport. The decision will be voted on by parliament in 2017 or 2018.

Protests and legal challenges are expected to oppose the government’s choice.

According to the BBC’s Assistant Political Editor Norman Smith, Boris Johnson will continue to challenge the decision.

Plans to expand the airport were first published 13 years ago by the then Transport Secretary, Alistair Darling.

Zac Goldsmith MP, who represents Richmond Park is expected to stand down over the government’s decision and to trigger a by-election in which he intends to run independently.

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