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London Heathrow Expansion Could Go Ahead

Plans to increase airport capacity in Britain and build a third runway at London Heathrow are likely to be supported by the government despite environmentalists’ concerns.

Both David Cameron and George Osborne, have reviewed their initial decision to rule out future expansion for a third runway at Heathrow Airport. It will deal with increased trade capacity and high volume of extra passengers –the Guardian reported yesterday.

Business leaders have expressed concerns that if a third runway at London Heathrow is not built, trade might move elsewhere in Europe which could have a negative effect on future economic growth in Britain.

Expansion in some of Britain’s largest airports would create work opportunities for thousands of people in the building construction industry, creating new jobs and boosting civil engineering recruitment.

In the Budget Statement last Wednesday, Chancellor George Osborne, said the government will optimise air capacity. It is expected a report on aviation policy to be published, aiming to help businesses to trade better and make further improvement into airport capacity.

Tim Yeo, the Tory Chairman of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee, told the Guardian that he had “completely changed” his mind on the Heathrow expansion plans and now believed there was no option but to build a third runway; this will ensure that the south of England will remain a worldwide aviation hub.

The Prime Minister said that he recognises the need for expanding airport capacity in Britain and that the government is looking at ways of helping businesses to make the most of country’s aviation capacity.

Mr Cameron said: “I’m not blind to the need to increase airport capacity, particularly in the South-East” adding, “Gatwick is emerging as a business airport for London under a new owner, competing with Heathrow.”

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London Luton Airport Reveals Major Expansion Plans

London’s fastest growing airport of 2011 has unveiled expansion plans to meet the growing number of passengers over the next 10 years. The redevelopment scheme will aim to cope with growth in passenger numbers as well as create new jobs in the building construction sector.

London Luton Airport Operations Limited, the operator of London Luton Airport, has proposed three main phases for the airport’s continual redevelopment work which will take place over the next 15 years.  The construction of new facilities, major improvements to current terminal buildings and creating new aircraft stands, are some of the proposals in the airports’ ‘Master Plan’ to make Luton ‘London’s Local Airport’.

Managing Director of London Luton, Glyn Jones, believes the expansion of the airport is a key economic driver for the region and a great opportunity to make ‘low cost’ air travel more convenient for millions of people every year by flying through London Luton.

Mr Jones said: “Today we have outlined a credible and realistic plan that, if approved, will put Luton at the heart of solving the burden on point-to-point short haul operators who want to grow.”

He also said that the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has proposed a new hub in the Thames Estuary to deal with the increased number of passengers on medium and long haul aviation capacity in London.

Lead Officer at London Luton Airport Limited, Steve Heappey, said that they welcome any comments, questions and feedback on the proposals to grow London Luton Airport and the benefits that this will bring to Luton and the region.

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