From Espresso: Decision-making (if you can call it that) about new airport capacity in southern Britain started in 1971. Today, after merely three years’ rumination, Sir Howard Davies, an economist, will recommend expanding either Heathrow, London’s biggest airport, or Gatwick, the second-biggest. London needs the capacity: last year its three main airports (Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted), with four runways between them, handled 130m passengers, 10m more than New York’s main three, which have nine. No new full-length runway has been built near London since the second world warhttp://econ.st/1g8Ku1e
The report said Heathrow’s benefits were “significantly greater” than Gatwick’s.