New UK Government Says No to New Runways

13 May 2010 (Last Updated May 13th, 2010 18:30)

London Heathrow Airport will not get a third runway following a decision announced today by the new coalition government. According to a report by the BBC, the joint Conservative-Liberal Democrat policy agreement shows Stansted and Gatwick airports will not get support for expansion pla

London Heathrow Airport will not get a third runway following a decision announced today by the new coalition government.

According to a report by the BBC, the joint Conservative-Liberal Democrat policy agreement shows Stansted and Gatwick airports will not get support for expansion plans that include new runways.

The news comes as a big blow to airport operator BAA, which strongly supported Heathrow's capacity expansion on the grounds that it would build London's competitiveness with other European cities.

BAA said, however, it will work with the new government to ensure that the airport policy provides strong international trading connections on which the UK's jobs and future competitiveness depend.

Councils, residents and environmental groups have bitterly opposed runway expansion schemes since they were first announced a number of years ago.