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Airport expansion called for despite acknowledgement of carbon concerns

The aviation industry concedes environmental issues exist but nevertheless remains committed to expansion of key airports such as Heathrow due to the perceived economic benefits. Rik Thomas reports

10 May 2019
London First chief executive Jasmine Whitbread called for the immediate expansion of Heathrow Airport in City AM on 2 May
London First chief executive Jasmine Whitbread called for the immediate expansion of Heathrow Airport in City AM on 2 May

 

In the aftermath of the Extinction Rebellion climate change protests in London, towards the end of April, there was a significant backlash in the media from those who claim to see no inherent contradiction between the two aims of reducing carbon emissions and supporting economic growth, in particular when it comes to the aviation industry. “It’s time to stop arguing about expanding Heathrow and get on building,” said Jasmine Whitbread, the chief executive of the London First...

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