LHR GREEN LIGHT
THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT has approved plans to expand Heathrow Airport, a project whose centerpiece is a third runway. Under the proposal, passenger capacity at Heathrow could jump from nearly 80 million passengers per year to 110 million by 2030. The proposed new airstrip would cross over London's congested M25 motorway, and could result in the demolition of some 750 homes in nearby villages.
However, the project still faces significant hurdles. The airport is Europe’s busiest and operates close to capacity, but critics say that the plan is environmentally unsound. Some opponents have tried to make the case for developing some of Heathrow's rival airports. Without expansion, government officials say London's airports will reach capacity by 2034.