There won't be a final decision on Britain's long-term aviation strategy until after the 2015 general election - but a national debate is already underway. A third runway at Heathrow is just one of many in this complex area of policy: extra capacity at other airports can be expanded; an extra runway could be constructed elsewhere in the south-east; and the regional airports are keen to have their say too. With the UK falling behind its competitors but needing to take environmental considerations into account, there's all to play for.
Once apparently grounded for good, the Heathrow third runway debate is now encountering a severe - and prolonged - period of political turbulence.Tweet
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It's first step toward a proper aviation strategy.
Lobbyists wined & dined to get Heathrow considered
Successive British governments have demonstrated a "total abrogation of leadership" in their approach to infrastructure development in the UK, a leading construction industry official said today.
An influential Commons committee has slapped down the idea of building any new airports in London, in a move which will spark anger in City Hall.
Commuters will see their rail fares continue to rise to pay for the new High Speed Rail line, its leading parliamentary critic has said.
Serious doubts were raised on the financial viability of building a new hub airport in London today, after an influential committee of MPs said it would require an injection of taxpayer funds.
The coalition's decision to kick airport expansion into the long grass until the next election is "toxic and disastrous", Boris Johnson said today.
The constant bickering over airport capacity in London prompted Bristol airport to suggest politicians look outside the capital for solutions to the UK's aviation policy today.
Heathrow and the badger cull suggest government and MPs remain entirely uninterested in science.
Heathrow should double its capacity by becoming a four-runway airport, a government adviser has proposed.
Boris Johnson has again attacked the government's handling of the disputed third runway at Heathrow, claiming the UK is on track for "economic catastrophe" as a result.
Industry lobbyists have wined and dined until an unacceptable expansion of Heathrow is back on the table.
A third runway at Heathrow would the first step toward a proper aviation strategy.
Reports that Boris Johnson might challenge David Cameron by returning to the Commons have been dismissed as "cloud cuckoo land".
The coalition government will not make a final decision on the Heathrow third runway question before the 2015 general election, it has been confirmed.
David Cameron's new Cabinet will meet today, amid accusations that the government has swung decisively to the right.
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A Tory MP has threatened to trigger another by-election in a marginal seat if the government reneges on its promise to oppose a third runway at Heathrow.
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There won't be a final decision on Britain's long-term aviation strategy until after the 2015 general election - but an aggressive national debate is already underway.