Heathrow’s third runway given major boost after Supreme Court win

Plans for a third runway at Heathrow have been given a major boost after the airport’s owner won a Supreme Court challenge.

Heathrow Airport Ltd successfully overturned an earlier ruling that the Government had failed to take account of its own climate commitments when it approved the scheme.

The west London airport said the latest decision will “allow global Britain to become a reality”.

A plane taking off from Heathrow Airport
A plane taking off from Heathrow Airport

Environmental groups and other opponents of the expansion project described the outcome as “incredibly disappointing” but insisted there “remains real doubt” about whether the third runway will ever happen.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson opposed the third runway plans when he was London’s mayor and promised to “lie down… in front of those bulldozers” to stop it being built.

In February, he said there was “no immediate prospect” of construction beginning.