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The future of Heathrow: ten-runway airport or garden city?

The Government’s aviation policy, or rather the lack of one, continues to obsess the London-based media, with everyone agreeing that more capacity is needed but not everyone agreeing where

Rik Thomas
11 June 2012


The media campaign to lobby for more aviation capacity in London and the South East, led by the Evening Standard newspaper, showed no signs of letting up in late May/early June.

On 24 May, for example, The Standard prominently featured a new report by Tory MP Kwasi Kwarteng which suggested that: “London’s three main airports may all need new runways to meet demand in future decades.”

“The study, part of a series of papers by Tory MPs for the economic ‘Growth...

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