After much debate, a third runway at Heathrow has been approved which looks to expand the UK airport capacity following a cabinet committee meeting on Tuesday.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling commented on the decision saying that the “truly momentous” decision would support trade and create jobs.

Although this has been a successful result for Heathrow Airport, it has not all been positive. The runway has had split opinions from many with Boris Johnson saying a third runway was “undeliverable”. It could also have a negative impact on other airports such as Gatwick airport who commented on the approval of the third runways saying that it was disappointed with the decision, which was “not the right answer for Britain”.

The expansion of Heathrow airport would create a boost in employment within the airport  as the third runway could possibly create as many as 77,000 additional local jobs over the next 14 years. However most importantly, it could create a boost in the travel and tourism industry as it is to offer more direct flights to UK destinations as well as up to 40 new cities abroad such as Wuhan, Osaka and Quito.

The decision on Heathrow’s new runway is not fully finalised as of yet as a public consultation will now be held on the effects of airport expansion before the government makes a final decision.

If it is finalised, construction will most likely not begin until 2020 or 2021 and possibly operational by 2025.

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