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    The Debate

    The expansion of Heathrow Airport will be one of the world’s largest infrastructure projects. You can keep track of the latest debates and opinion here.

    The Debate

    The expansion of Heathrow Airport will be one of the world’s largest infrastructure projects. You can keep track of the latest debates and opinion here.

  • Heathrow shows detailed costings

    Financial Times: Heathrow shows detailed costings for third runway

    22 January 2020

    Heathrow shows detailed costings for third runway...

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  • Battle to block third runway

    Financial Times: Battle to block third runway at Heathrow resumes in court

    22 January 2020

    Battle to block third runway at Heathrow resumes in court...

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    The Times: Third runway could result in lift-off for Heathrow airport’s passenger landing charges

    23 December 2019

    Passenger landing charges at Heathrow could increase by 25 per cent after a third runway is built despite a pledge to keep them unchanged. A business plan to be submitted to the aviation watchdog this week says that fees levied on airlines may rise by between 9.5 per cent and 25 per cent by 2029 to pay for better facilities. Heathrow insists that overall, costs for passengers are likely to fall dramatically because of the increased competition generated by the new runway. At least 260,000 more take-offs and landings a year will be possible when the airport expands, allowing low-cost carriers such as EasyJet to operate from Heathrow.

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    The Times: Heathrow extension plans delayed by up to three years

    20 December 2019

    A new runway at Heathrow will be delayed by up to three years amid growing concerns that passengers could be hit with rising air fares. The Civil Aviation Authority said that it expected the third runway to open by 2029, subject to planning permission, rather than the original target of 2026, as a longer planning and construction period was needed to reduce upfront costs. The regulator said that there was a risk that loading the scheme with high initial costs would lead to them being passed on to passengers through higher airline landing charges and ultimately increased fares.

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    The Times: Heathrow ordered by CAA to rein in third runway costs

    01 December 2019

    Heathrow will be penalised if it fails to build its £14bn third runway efficiently — the first time such a condition has been imposed on the airport. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has inserted a significant new clause into its licence, amid concerns that costs on the vast project will spiral out of control. Heathrow’s plans for the third runway are a complex feat of engineering that will see it straddle the M25. That has stoked a fear in airlines, including British Airways owner IAG, that rising costs will fall on passengers and make flying to and from the airport unaffordable.

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