The Supreme Court has effectively given the green light for Heathrow’s third runway plans.
The scheme was previously blocked by the Appeal Court over climate targets, but the highest court in the UK land has ruled the strategy was legitimately based on climate targets at the time it was agreed.
Planning permission will now be sought for the runway before construction work can begin.
A Heathrow Airport spokesman has welcomed the news adding that the “government has made decarbonising aviation a central part of its green growth agenda, through wider use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel as well as new technology”.
The airport authorities released a statement: “This is the right result for the country, which will allow Global Britain to become a reality.
“Only by expanding the UK’s hub airport can we connect all of Britain to all of the growing markets of the world, helping to create hundreds of thousands of jobs in every nation and region of our country.
“Demand for aviation will recover from COVID, and the additional capacity at an expanded Heathrow will allow Britain as a sovereign nation to compete for trade and win against our rivals in France and Germany.
“The ruling recognises the robust planning process that will require Heathrow to prove expansion is compliant with the UK’s climate change obligations, including the Paris Climate Agreement, before construction can begin.
“The government has made decarbonising aviation a central part of its green growth agenda, through wider use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel as well as new technology. We will now consult with investors, government, airline customers and regulators on our next steps.”
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