The Latest: UK OKs 3rd runway for London's Heathrow Airport

LONDON — The Latest on the third runway at Heathrow Airport (all times local):

12:45 p.m.

Britain's government has given the go-ahead for the construction of a third runway at London's Heathrow Airport — a decision that paves the way for the long-running issue to be put up for a parliamentary vote.

The Department for Transportation last year asked the public for comments on the plans to build the new runway at Heathrow, arguing the project would permit an additional 260,000 flights a year and add 74 billion pounds ($99 billion) to the British economy over 60 years.

Heathrow is already one of the world's largest airports, but the decision on whether to expand it has been a source of contention, particularly in Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative government.

Even if lawmakers approve the decision, it is likely to be challenged in the courts.

__

12:10 p.m.

The British Cabinet is expected Tuesday to approve the construction of a third runway at Heathrow Airport, a decision that could pave the way for the long-running issue to be put up for a parliamentary vote.

The economic secretary to the Treasury, John Glen, told the BBC, "we need to expand our capacity and this is the right thing to do."

The location of a new runway in southeastern England has been debated for years amid concerns over pollution, traffic and noise.

The Department for Transportation last year asked the public for comments on the plans to build the runway at Heathrow, arguing the project would permit an additional 260,000 flights a year and add 74 billion pounds ($99 billion) to the British economy over 60 years.

Heathrow is already one of the world's largest airports, but the decision on whether to expand it has been a source of contention, particularly in Prime Minister Theresa May's government.

Must Read

Fans mourn pop's George Michael as charities...

Dec 26, 2016

Fans are mourning the death of pop star George Michael as British charities praise his generosity

Knighthoods for Murray and Farah in New Year's...

Dec 30, 2016

Andy Murray received a knighthood in Queen Elizabeth II's New Year's Honors list on Friday,...

Queen Elizabeth II attends church after missing 2...

Jan 8, 2017

Queen Elizabeth II has attended church near her Sandringham estate, after missing the previous two...

Homelessness activists evicted from pricey...

Feb 1, 2017

British authorities have evicted a group of squatters who moved into a vacant mansion in one of...

Britain to mark Queen Elizabeth II's record...

Feb 5, 2017

Queen Elizabeth II is poised for another historic milestone, an unprecedented 65 years on the throne

Sign up now!