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Britain aims to give go-ahead to new Heathrow runway by next year
October 2, 2017 / 3:27 PM / 21 days ago

Britain aims to give go-ahead to new Heathrow runway by next year

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - Britain is aiming to give the formal go-ahead to a third runway at Heathrow Airport in the first half of next year, transport minister Chris Grayling said on Monday.

British Airways aircraft taxi at Heathrow Airport near London, Britain October 11, 2016. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth /Files

Prime Minister Theresa May backed a $22 billion expansion of the London hub last October after decades of government indecision, but it is still consulting on the impact on air quality and overall aviation demand.

“Subject to the necessary consultation work and securing the backing of parliament, we are aiming to give it the formal go ahead in the first half of next year,” Grayling told the ruling Conservative Party’s annual conference.

Reporting by William James and Kate Holton, editing by Elizabeth Piper

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