By Edward Thicknesse, cityam.com
The Supreme Court has this morning ruled that Heathrow’s controversial third runway expansion plans can go ahead.
The verdict means that the UK’s highest court has overturned the Court of Appeal’s February decision to block the £14bn project on environmental grounds.
However, in a year in which air travel has plummeted to historic lows due to the coronavirus pandemic, the need for a third runway at Heathrow has come under serious scrutiny.
In its judgement, the Supreme Court stated: “The Supreme Court unanimously allows the appeal finds that the Secretary of State did take the Paris agreements into account.
“He was not legally required to give it more weight than he decided was appropriate. In line with the advice of the Committee on Climate Change, the national policy statement is not affected by any unlawfulness, and is valid.”
In November, passenger numbers at the UK’s biggest airport were down 88 per cent, the eighth straight month of decline.
As a result, the airport has elected to keep Terminal 4 closed until the end of 2021.
In the spring, Heathrow chief executive admitted that the runway would not be required for at least 15 years due to the downturn.