UK aviation minister Theresa Villiers has reiterated the government’s opposition to a third runway at London Heathrow airport due to the impact on the quality of lives of residents. Speaking at a conference in London, Villiers said that “another solution” to south east England airport capacity was needed. At the same conference, Colin Matthews, chief executive of BAA which runs Heathrow, demonstrated how foreign airlines were shunning Heathrow due to capacity constraints, arguing that the UK economy will suffer if the airport is not expanded.

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