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London — British ministers backed plans for a new runway at London’s Heathrow airport on Tuesday, paving the way for a parliamentary vote on the plan after decades of delays, although the project could still face challenges before building starts. Heathrow is Europe’s busiest airport, but it is now full. In the past, plans to expand the airport have faced opposition from local communities and environmentalists, but the £14bn expansion plan is making progress. The cabinet had given its blessing to the new runway plan on Tuesday, said Transport Minister Chris Grayling, paving the way for legislators to vote on the issue within 21 days. The decision comes after almost half a century of indecision on how and where to add new airport capacity in densely populated southeast England and will be the first full-length runway to be built in the London area in 70 years. "Runway expansion at Heathrow presents a unique opportunity to deliver a multibillion-pound boost to our economy, strengthen ...

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