Airport expansion has significant environmental risks, commission finds

Expanding either Heathrow or Gatwick airports would damage air quality and biodiversity as well as increase carbon emissions and noise pollution, according to the body advising the government on the issue.

The findings were outlined in a consultation published by the Airports Commission, an independent body created by the government in 2012 to consider the location and timescale of airport expansion in the south east.

The document asks for views on the commission’s assessment of proposals to build new runways at Heathrow or Gatwick airports. 

Two separate proposals have been put forward at Heathrow. Heathrow Airport Ltd wants a new runway to the north west of the existing northern runway. Heathrow Hub Ltd, meanwhile, suggests operating the existing northern runway as two separate strips

In West Sussex, Gatwick Airport Ltd is promoting a new runway built ...

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