Government backs Heathrow expansion
by Natalie Vincent Tue 5 June 2018, 1:57 pm
Cabinet ministers have backed the expansion of Heathrow airport, through adding a third runway.
The government published the proposed Airports National Policy Statement (NPS) today, which will see the Heathrow expansion privately financed with no cost to taxpayers. It will be overseen by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to ensure the scheme remains affordable while meeting passenger needs.
Speaking to parliament, transport secretary Chris Grayling said: "Expansion at Heathrow presents a unique opportunity to deliver a multi-billion pound boost to our economy, strengthen our global links and maintain our position as a world leader in aviation.
MPs will be voting on the expansion in the coming weeks. Heathrow CEO John Holland Kaye said: "Together with our supporters across the country, we urge all MPs to vote for expansion. Their votes will connect all of Britain to global trade, increase competition and choice for passengers and create tens of thousands of new skilled jobs for future generations. The world is waiting for Britain. It's time to vote for Heathrow expansion."