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Heathrow Third Runway Gets Green Light

The Cabinet has backed plans for a new runway at Heathrow airport opening the way for a parliamentary vote after decades of delays, although the project could still face challenges before construction starts. Heathrow is Europe’s busiest airport but is now operating at full capacity. In the past, plans to expand the airport have faced opposition from local communities and environmentalists but the current £14bn ($18.5bn) expansion plan is making progress. The cabinet gave its blessing to the new runway plan, said transport minister Chris Grayling, and lawmakers should now vote on the issue within 21 days. The decision comes after almost half a century of indecision on how and where to add new airport capacity in densely populated southeast England. If it goes ahead it will be the first full-length runway built in the London area for 70 years. “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,” Grayling said in a statement. …