Cabinet backs Heathrow Airport third runway


LONDON: Heathrow’s plan for a third runway was formally backed by the Cabinet amid warnings that further delays would make the Government look “indecisive”.
The £14 billion expansion of Britain’s premier airport became official Government policy during two key meetings of ministers in Downing Street this morning.
A third runway would mean more than a quarter of a million new flights straight into Heathrow each year, strengthening our links with countries around the world, connecting the UK with emerging markets and bringing jobs and investment. And it would also provide more flights between London and the rest of the UK, bringing the union closer together than ever and improving business links within Great Britain Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said it would allow London to “hit new heights”, connect with new markets and cement the nations of the United Kingdom closer together. However, its till needs to be backed by a vote of MPs later this month for a final go-ahead of the plans to increase the number of flights to more than 700,000 a year at Europe’s busiest airport by 2030.
Former transport secretary Justine Greening has become the first senior Conservative to say she would defy a three-line whip if necessary to oppose the scheme, which will increase noise in her Putney constituency. Foreign Secretary Boris Johns on was keeping silent this morning amid expectations that he would seek the right to flout Cabinet unity on a scheme that he had opposed for years as Mayor. But the former head of the Airports Commission, which recommended the third runway in a 2015 report, served a warning that the Government should push ahead now or look weak.