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Battle for the skies

Words: Huw Morris
Heathrow third runway visualisation

Heathrow and Gatwick are slugging out a huge war for airport expansion in the South-East. With the Airports Commission set to report soon, Huw Morris looks at the latest state of play

This is a tale of two airports, two fierce rivalries and one major decision that has been put off for 50 years, but will reverberate for decades to come.Heathrow, the UK’s biggest airport, is full and falling behind its rivals. It needs to expand, but so does Gatwick. Both are awaiting a decision by the Airports Commission, set up by the government in 2012 to consider the demand for extra........
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