Heathrow third runway finally approved by UK government

The UK government’s ministers have approved capacity expansion at London Heathrow Airport as the plan for a proposed third runway moves forward.

A notable topic in the national discourse in the UK for the last two decades, the proposed construction of Heathrow’s third runway has long been an issue of contention.

The UK government’s economic sub-committee chaired by the Prime Minister backed the plan which was approved by her full cabinet. The Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, stated that the decision has historical significance. He stated that now was the time to put the plan into action.

Grayling remarked that there is £2.6 billion put away for compensating nearby residents as some will have to move and others have to put up with the added noise in the area. He also stated that 15% of the new landing slots will facilitate regional connectivity.

Further MPs in the commons will be asked to vote on the decision to expand Heathrow by 11th July.