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British parliament gives green light for expanding Heathrow airport

The British parliament has, on Monday, the controversial expansion of London’s Heathrow airport, the busiest in Europe, with a large majority approved. The plans include the construction of a third runway and, according to British media, a price tag of 14 billion pounds (16 billion euros).

The expansion of Heathrow has long been a controversial dossier in Britain: local residents and environmental groups fear for the noise and air quality. The approval went Monday a fierce debate in advance. Also within the majority showed a number of members of the house of commons is strongly opposed by the government-applied extension. In particular, Greg Hands, last Thursday still resigned as minister of Trade and Investment from dissatisfaction with the expansion of Heathrow, urged a vote against.

From the opposition came the question, ” Where is Boris?’, a sneer to the minister of Foreign Affairs Boris Johnson, who is currently in Afghanistan for a hastily arranged visit. According to opponents Johnson, also an opponent of a third runway at the London airport, so its responsibility escape. It was also one of his campagnepunten during the elections.

130 million passengers

Eventually, the plans were with a large majority of 415 votes against 119 approved. The first aircraft from 2025 of the new strip. The cost – according to media estimated at 14 billion pounds – will privégeld be funded.

According to the operator of London Heathrow, the expansion of the capacity can be jacked up to 130 million passengers per year. In 2017 the airport to 78 million passengers over the floor. In total there were 474.033 movements.

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