The British government has approved a third runway at Heathrow to expand UK airport capacity.
The Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling said the decision was “truly momentous” and added the expansion was a clear signal that the UK is open for business following the Brexit vote.
The decision marks the latest milestone in an off-and-on debate that can be traced back to the 1960s. This latest move will be followed by a long consultation period with Members of Parliament expected to make a final vote on the go-ahead during the winter of 2017/18. Despite the government’s approval, several high-profile politicians and political groups are strongly opposed to any expansion of Heathrow and a prolonged legal battle seems sure to follow.
It seems unlikely that any new runway could be operational before 2025.