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Britain braces for showdown over airport expansion

Whether a needed new runway should be in Heathrow or Gatwick has been hotly contested for over 25 years

Heathrow is Britain's biggest airport and is operating at close to capacity, with established connections to emerging markets. It handles a quarter of all Britain's exports and boasts superior public transport infrastructure.


A DECADES-LONG battle to expand Britain's overcrowded airports is set for a crunch decision in the coming weeks, as the world's fifth largest economy seeks to resolve a row that has bedevilled successive governments and risks choking economic growth.

The UK's aviation sector