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BAA withdraws application for second runway at Stansted

UK airport operator BAA is withdrawing its application to build a second runway at London’s Stansted Airport.

A new runway was supported by the Labour government in its 2003 aviation White Paper but the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats announced in their manifestos they would scrap the scheme.

Stansted managing director David Johnston said: “We have reflected carefully on the new Government’s clear intention to change airports policy and have moved quickly to withdraw this application.

“[But] we continue to believe that new airport capacity is needed in the south east of England to strengthen the UK’s international trading links.”