Heathrow runway plans get the go ahead
Thu, 15 Jan, 2009
Plans to build a new runway at London Heathrow Airport have been approved, provided they adhere to strict pollution and noise standards, the transport secretary has said.
Geoff Hoon announced that the expansion plans will allow Heathrow to remain an attractive destination for business passengers and are "critical to long-term economic prosperity" in Britain.
The construction of a third runway at the London hub is supported by business leaders, but some environmentalists remain unconvinced.
However, the Telegraph reported that prime minister Gordon Brown voiced strong support for the project during a visit to Berlin.
"It is always our desire to make sure that we protect the economic future of the country while at the same time meeting the very tough environmental conditions that we have set ourselves for noise and pollution and for climate change," he stated.
Willie Walsh, chief executive officer of British Airways, has previously suggested that a third runway at Heathrow will boost jobs and investment in the UK.