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Rufina Vignone | 28 Ottobre, 2016, 01:23

The UK government has approved the expansion of the Heathrow Airport increase the capacity of one of the main airports in the country.

The government rejected other options to expand airport capacity, including the extension of an existing runway at Heathrow or building a second runway at Gatwick Airport, south of London.

Concerns regarding noise and pollution at Heathrow could be resolved, he added.

Heathrow direction said the airport was prepared to deliver a third runway that was "fair, affordable and secures the advantages of expansion for the whole of the UK".

Expansion at the airport will better connect the United Kingdom to long haul destinations across the globe and to growing world markets including in Asia and South America, bringing a significant boost to trade.

A new route to Heathrow would in theory be supported by the third runway which was given backing by the government this week.

But it's going to take a long time to build the new runway, with completion only expected in late 2025 at the earliest.

The government also proposed legally binding noise targets to provide respite for local residents, many of whom oppose expansion due to worries over noise and air pollution.

"This decision is a long overdue step in the right direction", Interim Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, Lord Adonis, said in a statement in response.

Responding to the announcement by UK Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, Mr Brown said: "We welcome this decision and look forward to working with Heathrow to bring the significant benefits of a third runway at the airport to Scotland".

"This decision demonstrates that the United Kingdom is open to visitors and investment from across the globe, and will also allow space for domestic air links to support regional tourism right across the country". "I welcome the fact that the government now favours the expansion of Heathrow, given that in recommending the Heathrow option the Airports Commission recognised its importance to regions such as the North East".

The leeway on cabinet collective responsibility will enable Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Education Secretary Justine Greening to publicly protest if Heathrow gets the green light.

"Finally, I do welcome a government making a decision on such an important issue".

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