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Supreme Court rules Heathrow’s 3rd runway will go ahead

The United Kingdom’s Supreme Court has approved the controversial 3rd runway at London Heathrow.

Photo: Heathrow Airport

The action had previously been halted by the Court of Appeals, whose decision was overruled by the Supreme Court. As the Supreme Court is the final Court of Appeal in the United Kingdom legal system, this ruling cannot be appealed.

Yesterday morning, UK’s Supreme Court ruled that Heathrow’s 3rd runway can proceed as planned. The court rejected the argument of environmental group Plan B, in which they said that the expansion plan would go against the United Kingdom’s commitments as part of the Paris Climate Agreement.

“This is the right result for the country, which will allow Global Britain to become a reality… Demand for aviation will recover from Covid, and the additional capacity at an expanded Heathrow will allow Britain as a sovereign nation to compete for trade and win against our rivals in France and Germany.”, a Heathrow spokesperson said.

Third runway plans

The plan is to build a 3rd runway north of the existing Runway 09L-27R. This would allow the airport to increase its capacity for aircraft, as more landing and takeoff slots would become available. A new terminal area is also a possibility between the new runway and Runway 09L-27R.

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