London Stansted Airport given expansion go-ahead
Fri, 10 Oct, 2008
Plans to expand London Stansted Airport to incorporate 10 million more people every year have been approved by the government.
Stansted can now raise its maximum numbers of passengers to 35 million as well as up its number of flights from 241,000 to 264,000 every year.
Aviation minister Jim Fitzpatrick said that the south-east of England is in "urgent need" of greater airline capacity.
The government argued that the expansion - which would see an extra runway and terminal open in 2015 - is necessary to cope with a forecasted doubling of passengers through UK airports by 2030.
Today (October 10th) Unite, the UK's biggest trade union, welcomed the government's decision.
National officers Brian Boyd and Steve Turner said in a statement that improvements to transport are important to the economy and the thousands of jobs within the sector.
They added that workers would be given "confidence in the future of their industry".