Up ahead: how will the election result affect UK air passengers?
Listen for the screech of a political U-turn after May as politicians grapple with the unpopular task of expanding airport capacity
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Prior to the 2010 general election, David Cameron said: “No ifs, no buts, there’ll be no third runway at Heathrow.” Ed Miliband publicly opposed the idea during both his stint as environment secretary and his bid for Labour leadership. And in October last year Liberal Democrat members defied attempts by leaders to amend the party’s policy of “no net increase in runways across the UK” and give it the option of supporting a new runway at Gatwick.
But with the Airports Commission expected to recommend either a new runway at Heathrow, a new runway at Gatwick or an extension of the northern runway at Heathrow when it delivers its final report in June, the clamour of the general election may be swiftly followed by the screech of a political U-turn.
Source: Guardian Transport