Third Heathrow runway moves one step closer

The High Court in London yesterday ruled against campaigners challenging the legality of the UK government’s decision to allow a third runway at Heathrow Airport.

While the British International Freight Association (Bifa) welcomed the move, director general Robert Keen expressed some scepticism.

“Whilst some have said that the ruling is another important step towards bringing 50 years of indecision and delay in expanding Heathrow to a welcome close, the likelihood of further legal challenges to an extra runway emerging still leaves me with a certain sense of foreboding whether the spades will ever hit the ground.”

He said any further legal challenges needed to be handled robustly.

“It would be nice to think that yesterday’s ruling is a further nail in the coffin of procrastination over the expansion of UK aviation capacity,” he added. “If that is the case, it is long-overdue good news for our 1 500 member companies who have been dismayed over the ongoing delay on such a huge issue.”

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