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Heathrow-Gatwick runway decision expected this week

A new north-west runway (left) would be a full 3,200m long. Enough for any aircraft type to use

The government is expected to make a decision this week on whether to back Heathrow or Gatwick for a new runway.

According to a report in the Sunday Times, a subcommittee of 10 cabinet MPs will meet over the next few days, with the long-awaited decision expected to come out in favour of Heathrow.

In July, The Airports Commission recommended the government expand Heathrow with prime minister David Cameron promising a decision by the end of the year.

Cameron had previously said that “no ifs, no buts” there will be no expansion at Heathrow.

A decision to back Heathrow could cause splits in the Conservative party – MP and London mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith has threatened to quit if the west London hub receives backing.

Chairman of the Hacan Clear Skies campaign group, John Stewart, said: “If the decision is for a third runway at Heathrow, it wouldn’t be a surprise given the way the subcommittee has been stacked with cabinet members who support expansion of Heathrow.”

Click here to see images of Heathrow with a third runway.

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