Objections to Stansted expansion rejected - Stansted,Heathrow Airport News

Airport news for Stansted,Heathrow on 16/03/2009.

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Late last week, London High Court judges dismissed the objections of the Stop Stansted Expansion group to the plan that would allow an additional 10 million passengers a year to be handled by the single-runway airport.

The rejection of the objections follows the recent approval for expansion at Heathrow airport by building a third runway. Liberal Democrats called the expansion of Heathrow a "climate catastrophe", but the go-ahead was welcomed by pro-aviation groups, who have been stressing the need for increased flight capacity in the area around the capital.

The environmental group asserted that the government was responsible for unlawfully "steamrollering these plans every step of the way."

Judge Sir Thayne Forbes threw out the Stansted challenge, commenting that criticisms of the plan had already been addressed and that the most recent ones were "unjustified and without substance."

The decision by the High Court came as the head of British Airways gave his assurance that there would be no further cutbacks in air services linking Scotland and London, even though the carrier has been reducing capacity overall during the downturn.

In comments made during a visit to Glasgow airport, BA’s Willie Walsh reaffirmed the airline's commitment to Scotland-London flights and said that it was unlikely that any services would be affected.

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