Ruling due on Stansted expansion

Ruling due on Stansted expansion

The High Court is to rule today on a bid by campaigners to block the expansion of Stansted airport.

The Stop Stansted Expansion group aims to prevent an extra 10 million passengers a year using the airport's single runway.  The judge, Sir Thaybe Forbes, will rule today on whether the courts should intervene.

Meanwhile, Stansted could face £10 million in charges due to stricter performance targets imposed by the Civil Aviation Authority. The Competition Commission has found that the airport's performance had been unacceptably poor for the last five years.

The CAA has introduced an incentive scheme to help Stansted meet the standards of Heathrow and Gatwick. If the airport does not meet targets on security queues, baggage systems and cleanliness, up to7% of its income could be at risk.

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