The Airport Commission report has been released at 0700 yesterday following a much anticipated wait. The report has recommended a third runway to be built at Heathrow although it must meet stringent conditions. The conditions relate to noise and air pollution and include a ban on all night flights, legislation to prevent a fourth runway and a noise levy on airport users to compensate airport users. The expansion would cost around £17 billion and would allow 250,000 more flights per year. This in-turn would create a £150 billion boost to GDP and provide 70,000 new jobs. However an extra runway in the north-west corner of the existing site would meant the demolition of 783 and most of the town of Harmondsworth.
Although this expansion has the backing of the report chaired by Sir Howard Davies and of many worldwide airlines, any move for the expansion would face a political backlash due to the noise and air pollution caused. London Mayor, Boris Johnson, has already stated his opposition to a third runway at Heathrow stating that it will not happen, cabinet members Justine Greening and Philip Hammond are also against the recommendation. The government has stressed they will make no snap decisions and will analyse the report thoroughly before stating their preference. Gatwick Airport believe they are still an option for expansion and state a Heathrow expansion would be ‘politically undeliverable’.