It was announced from London on 1 July that the Airports Commission published its final report, which sets out recommendations to the government for expanding aviation capacity in the UK.
The Commission’s analysis shows that expanded airport capacity is crucial for the UK’s long-term prosperity. While each of the three schemes shortlisted was considered a credible option for expansion, the Commission has unanimously
concluded that the proposal for a new northwest runway at Heathrow Airport,
combined with a significant package of measures to address its environmental and community impacts, presents the strongest case and offers the greatest strategic and economic benefits – providing around 40 new destinations from the airport and more than 70,000 new jobs by 2050.