Does Britain really need more runways?

Britain has been publishing plans to expand its airport capacity in the southeast for 50 years – and has dropped every one of them. So the fate of the interim report published by Sir Howard Davies’ Airports Commission is uncertain, says the FT. He won’t even be making his final report until after the general election in 2015.

But his central recommendation, that Britain needs two extra runways – one by 2030 and the second by 2050 – is “sensible and should be heeded”. London’s airport facilities will struggle to cope with demand. Heathrow already operates at 98% capacity.

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