The Government will not be revisiting the Airports National Policy Statement (ANPS) on Heathrow expansion “at this time.”
In a letter published on the Department for Transport (DfT) website the Government has made it clear that mounting calls from Green groups demanding that a reconsideration of its position be undertaken are likely to fall on deaf ears.
The Supreme Court gave a final go-ahead in December 2020.
At the present time, and given traffic forecasts for the immediate future, third runway progress is likely to be slow. Terminal 4 remains closed.
The airport’s August figures have yet to be published (BTN website will be updated – signed up Twitter readers will be notified). As a result of England’s lockdown easing in July, passenger numbers surged by 74% compared with July 2020, marking the first step on what the airport’s operator has described as the “long road to recovery”. In 2020 it was 1.4m, down 82% on 2019 7.6m.