The UK Parliament has approved by 415 votes to 119 the project to build a third runway at Heathrow Airport, which will increase capacity from 86 million passengers annually to 130 million. Pledges made included that there would be no cost to the taxpayer, the creation of 100,000 jobs, and environmental protections built-in – with the threat of fines for the airport or ground aircraft if rules are broken.

The full consultation and approval process is expected to take 18 months, with £150 million-worth of new contracts, 900 new jobs and 200 new apprenticeships completed in the first twelve.

The expansion is predicted to cost about £14 billion and will lead to hundreds of homes being demolished in  nearby villages.

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