The third party behind the proposal to extend one of Heathrow Airport’s existing runways rather than build a new one has hailed “a significant moment” for its plans.
Heathrow Hub said it had received patent approval for its proposal to extend the west London airport’s northern landing strip to 6,800m and split it into two.
The government has delayed until this summer a decision on how best to tackle the air capacity crisis in the South East. The Airports Commission recommended a third runway be built at Heathrow, while Gatwick airport is still campaigning for its own second runway.
But Heathrow Hub director Jock Lowe said: “This is a significant moment.
“The approval of our runway plan by the Patent Office confirms the viability and commercial application of our design proposal and we are ready to give the country the aviation expansion solution it requires.
“Our independent proposal – which from its inception has been designed to be politically and socially acceptable – is still very much in the game, being considered by the Department for Transport alongside Heathrow Airport’s third runway and a second runway at Gatwick.”