From Freeserve news:
"A third runway for Heathrow Airport has been ruled out in the short-term, claim reports.
The Government has decided further expansion of Heathrow will not be possible without breaking European pollution laws.
Stansted will get the first new airport runway in the London area for nearly 20 years, according to the Financial Times.
The decision is to be disclosed in Transport Secretary Alistair Darling's 30-year strategy for the British aviation industry next month.
The number of air passengers is expected to rise from 117 million a year now, to 300 million by 2030.
The Government decision to rule out Heathrow for now will prove unpopular with some airlines, such as British Airways and Virgin, who are likely to appeal against the move, or even take legal action.
BA has claimed that two extra runways for the South East could generate £65bn of economic benefits, but has said an expansion to Stansted would be "disastrous" for the industry.
But a postponement of any decision on a third runway for Heathrow will be welcomed by residents of Heathrow and environmentalists who say any expansion would simply add to the noise, already dangerous pollutant levels from the M4 and M25 motorways, and add to damaging impact upon wildlife."