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​UK MPs approve third runway at Heathrow

The UK’s parliament has given the greenlight for the construction of a third runway at London’s Heathrow Airport.

In a House of Commons vote, 415 MPs voted for the move and 119 against, a majority of 296, parliamentary records show.

On 5 June, the Cabinet had approved the plan to build the third runway.

At the time, UK transport secretary Chris Grayling said that the decision was a “historic moment.”

"This issue has been debated for half a century," said Grayling, adding that a third runway will “bring real benefits across the country".

He contended that 15% of slots will be used to facilitate domestic connections, and that regional connectivity was a key part of the decision-making process.

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