Heathrow Airport has delayed a consultation as it attempts to reduce the cost of its third runway plans, it is reported.
The Times reports that a Civil Aviation Authority report suggests Heathrow’s proposals would be published no earlier than December 2017, when they had been expected in August. The extra time is reported to be required to allow the Airport to take around £6bn off the cost of the project to allay concerns from airlines over potential increases in landing fees.
The suggestion was brushed off by the Airport. A Heathrow spokesperson commented: “Our expansion plans remain on track for delivery and as the Secretary of State confirmed just last week, Government will look to give Heathrow expansion formal go-ahead. We remain on track to build an expanded Heathrow and deliver a once-in-a-generation boost for our economy, in a way that is affordable, deliverable and with less impacts on our local communities.”