Airport – Commission after Three Years Consideration Says Britain should Add a New Runway at Heathrow
A Commission appointed by the government recommended that a new runway should be build at the Heathrow Airport in London. The Commission was looking into the air port capacity of Britain and shortlisted two options after considering other alternatives. The busiest airport in the country is Heathrow, operating at ninety eight percent of its capacity and the second one is Gatwick.
The Airports Commission studied the possibilities and other validities for three years and selected Heathrow for a new runway over a couple of others. According to them this offers the best way of adding new long haul routes to Britain which is "urgently required" to connect to growing markets.
On Wednesday, the chairman of the Commission Howard Davies said, "Heathrow ... provides the greatest benefits for business passengers, freight operators and the broader economy."
Now, it depends on the government whether to accept the recommendations of the Commission or not. However, the matter is a little difficult to handle for David Cameron as before coming to power, he told the voters in 2009, that there will be no third runway built at Heathrow under him.
However, the recommendations were also accompanied by a list of measures which will help in limiting the noise as well will reduce the environmental impact caused due to a new runway. Such concerns in the past had become matters of protest and also political split.
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