Heathrow third runway approved

The London airport is planning to become world’s biggest

The busiest airport in London might soon increase its operation significantly as the British Parliament has approved a construction of a third runway.

Once operating, the third runway could increase the number of passengers to 110 million by 2030 – making it world’s busiest according to current statistics.

British House of Commons has approved the construction of Heathrow's third runway — SEREE YINDEE / Shutterstoc
British House of Commons has approved the construction of Heathrow’s third runway – SEREE YINDEE / Shutterstock

With 79 million passengers passing through Heathrow in 2017, the airport is currently the world’s seventh busiest.

The move is also expected to boost the UK economy in the light of the economic threats caused by Brexit, as well as creating thousands of new job positions.

The project is scheduled to begin in 2021 and the new runway should open in 2026 if the airport is granted development consent.

The key vote of 415 votes against 119 in the House of Commons – a majority of 296 – means that political parties joined forces to support the Government’s Airports National Policy Statement.

However, the planned construction is facing strong opposition, as well as certain legal challenges.

Greenpeace UK are opposing the construction claiming they are ready to join a group of London councils, including London’s mayor Sadiq Khan, in a legal challenge against the third runway.

Another environmentalist group, Friends of the Earth, said: “MPs who backed this climate-wrecking new runway will be harshly judged by history.

“The evidence on the accelerating climate crisis, which is already hitting the world’s most vulnerable people, is overwhelming – and expanding Heathrow will only intensify the misery.”

Despite welcoming the 296 majority vote backing the project, airline carriers operating at Heathrow suggest the legal challenges could delay the process for more than two years.

The airlines claimed they would work with the Civil Aviation Authority to design a regulatory framework that will “ruthlessly protect passengers from increased costs”.