October 10, 2008

Airport Plan Condemned

ECO campaigners reacted angrily yesterday to Government approval of huge expansion at Stansted Airport in Essex. Passenger numbers will go from 25 million to 35 million a year and flights from 241,000 to 264,000.

Green groups said the Government's climate change policy was a shambles and ministers had promoted a "binge flying" culture.

Flight limits were imposed by Uttlesford District Council in 2006. But new Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon has overruled that after an appeal by airport operator BAA and a public inquiry.

Friends of the Earth's Tony Bosworth said: "Allowing 10 million more people to fly from Stansted each year shows the Government's climate change strategy is a complete shambles."

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