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Britain delays decision on London airport expansion

Business groups have lobbied for Heathrow, Europe's busiest airport, to be extended, but hundreds of homes would have to be demolishedBritain on Thursday said it would delay announcing where to expand London airport capacity to assess environmental impact, but critics said the move smacked of “gutless” political expediency. The government said it would postpone the decision until at least mid-2016, amid strong lobbying by businesses for a third runway at Heathrow — Europe’s busiest airport — and fierce opposition from some lawmakers and environmental groups. “The government will undertake a package of further work and we anticipate that it will conclude over the summer,” Prime Minister David Cameron’s office said.

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