London’s Heathrow airport on Friday said the building of a third runway at Europe’s busiest hub would be delayed by at least two years for legal reasons and the coronavirus outbreak.
“Expanding Heathrow remains a key plank of our long-term strategy once we have beaten COVID-19 and entered the recovery phase,” it said in its latest result report.
“However, given the current COVID-19 crisis and the ongoing appeals process, we expect expansion and related capital investment to be delayed by at least two years.”
But environmental campaigners in February won a court case arguing that the government had failed to take into account its own climate change commitments in the decision.
Heathrow airport — which is owned by a consortium led by Spanish construction giant Ferrovial — has appealed the ruling.