Airports Commission endorses third Heathrow runway

Airports Commission endorses third Heathrow runway

As the Airports Commission’s final report reveals its chosen airport expansion scheme, Angus Walker, partner and head of the planning and infrastructure department at Bircham Dyson Bell, takes us through the important elements of this decision.

A new northwest runway at Heathrow Airport offers the greatest strategic and economic benefits of three shortlisted options, the Airports Commission has concluded in its final report. The Commission’s recommendations include measures to address environmental and community impacts of a third Heathrow runway. The report also describes the strengths and weaknesses of the other shortlisted proposals. The outcomes of consultations on increasing the UK’s long-term aviation capacity and air quality have also been published.

What does the report recommend?

The Airports Commission final report recommends that of the three shortlisted options to build a third runway—the Gatwick second runway, the Heathrow extended northern runway and the Heathrow northwest runway—the construction of a new northwest runway at Heathrow is taken forward (a proposal made by Heathrow Airport Ltd) provided certain safeguards are put in place.

It does not r

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