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HEATHROW TERMINAL TO BE GIVEN GO-AHEAD

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The government will this week approve plans for a fifth terminal at Heathrow airport, reported Sunday Business. ...
The government will this week approve plans for a fifth terminal at Heathrow airport, reported Sunday Business.

The decision will be welcomed by the crisis-hit airline industry. The new terminal, if it overcomes legal challenges and environmental protests, will be open by 2007.

Transport secretary Stephen Byers is expected to tell MPs this week he will take into account concerns over noise and air pollution. However, he will insist the need for a fifth terminal at the airport, the world's busiest international hub, is paramount.

Mr Byers's announcement will end an eight-year process, including Britain's most lengthy and expensive public inquiry. It cost£800m, took, four years to complete, and has led to ministers proposing a shake-up of planning law to make it more 'business-friendly'.
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