Transport secretary hails ‘truly momentous’ move but widespread protests and legal challenges are expected to follow decision

A third runway is to be built at Heathrow, the government has decided, paving the way for hundreds of thousands more flights a year at the airport in west London.

In a long-awaited response, ministers have endorsed the recommendation of the Airports Commission to expand Heathrow rather than Gatwick airport, which had hoped to build a second runway.

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Source: Guardian Environment