UK Scraps Third Runway at Heathrow

12 September 2010 (Last Updated September 12th, 2010 18:30)

The UK Government has formally scrapped plans for all-day take off and landing and a third runway at Heathrow Airport. UK Aviation Minister Theresa Villiers officially ruled out the building of a controversial third runway at the airport in a written statement to the House of Commons,

The UK Government has formally scrapped plans for all-day take off and landing and a third runway at Heathrow Airport.

UK Aviation Minister Theresa Villiers officially ruled out the building of a controversial third runway at the airport in a written statement to the House of Commons, according to telegraph.co.uk.

Under the mixed mode, the number of flights in and out of Heathrow Airport would have increased from 1,315 to 1,479 a day.

The British Airports Authority, which earlier supported both the third runway and mixed mode, has accepted the government's decision to block the mixed mode.

In a separate move, the Department for Transport has scrapped the Cranford Agreement, which banned planes from taking off over Cranford.

This will allow aircraft to land for part of the day on the southern runway, which in turn will shift their flight path away from Windsor and Berkshire to less densely populated areas.