The Heathrow third runway debate

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...


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One apparently grounded for good, the Heathrow third runway debate is now encountering a severe period of political turbulence

Feature: Britain's elusive aviation strategy

Once apparently grounded for good, the Heathrow third runway debate is now encountering a severe - and prolonged - period of political turbulence.

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