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LONDON---Britain s Airports Com-
mission unanimously recommended
the construction of a third runway at
London s Heathrow Airport yesterday
in a long-awaited report on how best
to expand the country s aviation capac-
ity.The commission decided that
Heathrow presented a stronger case for
the British economy than rival Gatwick.
But it stressed that Europe s largest air-
port needs to address air quality, noise
and community concerns.
"Heathrow offers the kind of long-
haul connectivity flights to emerging
markets which are very important to
the future of the British economy and
expanding it would allow Heathrow to
offer more of those flights," Commission
chair Howard Davies told the BBC.
"Gatwick is much more focused on
short-haul intra-European flying."
The commission studied the matter
for nearly three years---an effort to get
facts on the table amid a toxic political
debate. Critics argue that an independent
commission also offered a way for Prime
Minister David Cameron to duck the
issue. He had once pledged that a third
runway would not happen, but he is
under pressure from the business com-
munity to expand.
England needs more airport capacity
to meet the growing demands of busi-
ness travellers and tourists into the com-
ing decades. Heathrow, west of central
London and rival Gatwick, south of the
city, have offered competing projects
that will cost as much as 18.6 billion
pounds ($29.1 billion).
But expansion comes with a cost:
Homes will be destroyed and surviving
neighbourhoods will have to cope with
increased noise, pollution and traffic.
Some communities will be completely
Longtime opponent, London Mayor
Boris Johnson, said the expanding
Heathrow merely exacerbates poor plan-
ning decisions from the past.
"I don t think this is going to happen,"
he told the BBC.
"This is the sort of thing that you
could have possibly have gotten away
with in China in the 1950s. The impact
on London, the impact on the city, the
environmental cost, the whole human
rights, legal challenges...will be so great.
I don t think it s deliverable."
The commission tried to mitigate
those concerns by offering conditions,
recommending a ban on all scheduled
flights from 11.30 pm to 6 am, having
firm commitments in Parliament to have
no fourth runway and a legally binding
"noise envelope" to limit noise created
by the airport.
Residents seized on the conditions,
arguing that it would be impossible for
Heathrow to honour those measures.
They say they will press on, undaunted
by what they see as a big corporation
trying to crush local residents for ever-
"The battle starts now," said Justine
Bayley, whose home in the village of
Harmondsworth would become unin-
habitable should the proposal go through.
Gatwick also made clear it was ready
to keep fighting, underscoring aspects
of the report which describe its proposal
as "feasible," albeit with fewer economic
advantages to that of the Heathrow pro-
"Gatwick is still very much in the
race," Gatwick chief executive Stewart
Though Cameron yesterday told the
House of Commons that the government
would make a decision by the end of
the year, it is unlikely any work will start
soon---if for no other reason than that
lawsuits are likely to follow any proposal.
Business leaders are arguing that the
decision has taken too long already, and
that the nation s competitiveness could
falter in a globalised world.
That said, it is unlikely that Britain
will do nothing. Too much is at stake.
Heathrow in line
A British Airways
Boeing 747 taxis
away from Terminal 5
construction of a
third runway at the
airport in a long-
awaited report on
how to best expand
the country's aviation
capacity. AP PHOTO
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