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Heathrow Plans Staged Opening of Third Runway to Cut Costs

  • New runway should open in 2026 and be finalized in 2050
  • Europe’s busiest airport is pushing to stay ahead of rivals
London Heathrow Airport As Decision On New Runway Expansion Imminent
Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg
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London’s Heathrow airport has unveiled final plans for the development of a third runway as Europe’s busiest hub seeks to boost flights and stay ahead of rival bases in Paris, Amsterdam and Frankfurt.

The landing strip should be opened by about 2026, with the full project finished by 2050 as part of a phased addition of capacity to keep airport fees near current levels. The plans also propose an ultra-low-emissions zone, and a 6 1/2-hour ban on scheduled night flights.