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New runways banned on Heathrow,Gatwick and Stansted

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The British government has started a major review of the country's aviation policy. The ban of new runways on three major airports has been introduced by the Secretary of Transport, Philip Hammond.

The British aviation policy review

The air transport white paper published by the Labour in 2003 is out-of-date. The British Department of Transport has announced it is starting to work on a new policy. Next year a document is to be issued setting out the questions to be answered. Draft policy document is expected to come in early 2012.

The plans on a new London airport

Boris Johnson plans to develop an another major airport serving the London area next to London Heathrow (LHR), Gatwick, Luton, Stansted and City. That is no current news. Recently, Philip Hammond expressed his feelings about this plan. He stated that Johnson is free to continue his intentions but it is not a priority of the Department of Transport.

Air passenger duty remains

The air passenger duty is due to rise again this weekend. There were some speculations it is going to be withdrawn. Hammond denied them stating that the government is planning to replace it with a per-plane tax.


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