March 23, 2018 / 9:02 AM / a month ago

Heathrow Airport expansion on track despite election delay: UK transport minister

LONDON (Reuters) - The expansion of Europe’s biggest airport Heathrow is on track despite a delay in the consultation process due to last year’s parliamentary election, Britain’s Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said on Friday.

FILE PHOTO: British Airways planes are seen at Heathrow Terminal 5 in London, Britain May 27, 2017. REUTERS/Neil Hall/File Photo

British lawmakers will vote on whether to give a green light to a third runway at Heathrow before July, and earlier on Friday a committee had said that approval should only happen if the airport promises to keep fees flat. The new runway will not be in use before 2025.

“We’re moving ahead to the timetable we set when we brought forward our recommendation a year ago. The only delay to the process we’ve had is the general election which delayed the parliamentary scrutiny by four months but this is a project that’s on track,” Grayling told BBC radio.

Reporting by Alistair Smout; editing by Sarah Young

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