Delay for second runway at Stansted Airport

AIRPORT owners BAA have said that the opening of a second runway at Stansted, if granted permission, would be delayed by two years.BAA had expected the runway to open in 2015 but said a fall in passenger numbers and new calculated forecasts showed it wou

AIRPORT owners BAA have said that the opening of a second runway at Stansted, if granted permission, would be delayed by two years.

BAA had expected the runway to open in 2015 but said a fall in passenger numbers and new calculated forecasts showed it would now not be necessary until 2017.

The company had expected its current runway permission of 35 million passengers a year to be reached sooner.

However, it stressed the long-term expansion of the airport would continue and air travel would increase as anticipated by government.


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Campaign group Stop Stansted Expansion said the latest delay was just another excuse and called on BAA to abandon the project.

SSE economics adviser, Brian Ross, said: "It is wholly unacceptable for BAA to try to keep its options open by continuing to postpone the threat of a second runway. It should remove the threat once and for all.

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