The government has confirmed it is further delaying the decision on whether to build a third runway at Heathrow, saying it “anticipates” a result in summer 2016.

It previously promised a decision before the end of 2015, following the Airports Commission’s recommendation of a new runway at Heathrow back in July.

Business and travel organisations were dismayed by the announcement.

CBI Director-General Carolyn Fairbairn, said: “Delaying this decision on an issue of critical importance to the future prosperity of the UK is deeply disappointing.”

Meanwhile the GTMC tweeted: “The airport expansion decision delay is both frustrating & damaging; there’s a real & urgent need for greater air capacity to/from the UK.”

The British Chamber of Commerce called the delay “a gutless move.”

The announcement means all three shortlisted options are still on the table, including a second runway at Gatwick.

Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin said: “The case for aviation expansion is clear – but it’s vitally important we get the decision right so that it will benefit generations to come. We will undertake more work on environmental impacts, including air quality, noise and carbon.”


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