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Heathrow third runway public consultation reopened

Heathrow third runway public consultation reopened

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A public consultation into the planned third runway at Heathrow Airport has been reopened to include new evidence.The Department for Transport (DfT) published a series of new reports on the environmental impact of expanding the west London airport. It also revealed that London's airports are expected to hit full capacity by 2034 if there is no expansion.The consultation initially closed in May, but will now be reopened until December. The DfT insisted it is "on track" to publish final proposals for expansion in the first half of 2018, ahead of a vote in Parliament.Among the series of new reports are an updated noise analysis and a new air quality plan.The government said higher demand for flights also meant the capital's five airports would hit full capacity six years sooner than expected...
'Cheaper' Heathrow airport third runway plans proposed

'Cheaper' Heathrow airport third runway plans proposed

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A wealthy businessman has submitted plans for a third runway at Heathrow which he says would be £5bn cheaper than the airport's current scheme.Hotel tycoon Surinder Arora has put his proposal to the government's public consultation on Heathrow.Ministers have expressed a preference for the airport's plans for a new runway and terminal costing £17.5bn.Heathrow said it was already considering some of the ideas, and wanted to lower the cost too.Arora Group's proposals include changing the design of terminal buildings and taxiways, and reducing the amount of land it is built on.Mr Arora said: "We want passengers to be at the heart of our plans and the current monopoly at Heathrow, which over-charges airlines and in turn raises fares for passengers, is not the right model for the future."Heathro