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Heathrow to shut?

[ January 18, 2012   //   ]

Heathrow airport could be massively downsized or even closed under plans currently being mulled over by the Government. A consultation is being held on the future of UK aviation and the options for maintaining the UK’s aviation hub status in March, including the plans for the ‘Boris Island’ airport in the Thames Estuary.

Colin Matthews, chief executive of airport operator BAA, told the BBC that a new airport would inevitably mean Heathrow getting much smaller.

The island airport would however face opposition from environmental groups as well as Thames-side residents.