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|Heathrow Anger Flies Toward Government
- Parliament protest for anti-runway campaigners
HUNDREDS of west London residents are due to take their case against a third runway for Heathrow to the House of Commons today.
The government is considering adding a new runway to Britain's busiest airport in the near future as it seeks to meet an expected upsurge in demand for air travel.
"The Government will find itself isolated unless it abandons the idea of a new runway," said one leading campaigner against a third runway. "This protest will show just how much anger there is about the proposal."
The problem for the government is that similar protests are planned by residents living near the other sites earmarked for airport development. These include a new runway for Stansted, currently London's third airport, and a completely new airport in rural Kent.
Business leaders have lobbied ministers in favour of airport expansion, claiming a failure to do so would mean business leaving London for European rivals such as Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Paris.