October 10, 2008

IN BRIEF: Fury As Airport Expansion Gets Go-Ahead

ENVIRONMENTAL campaigners have reacted angrily to the Government's decision to allow a massive expansion in capacity at one of the UK's largest airports.

The number of passengers travelling through Stansted Airport is set to rise from 25m to 35m a year with the number of flights increasing from 241,000 to 264,000.

The green groups say the Government's climate change policy was a "shambles" and that ministers had promoted a "binge-flying" culture. But Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon, in his first major decision since being appointed to the role in last week's Cabinet reshuffle, overruled the local council's limitations on flights following an appeal by airport operator BAA and a public inquiry.

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