Nantes vote goes in favour of new airport

On June 26th the people in the region in and around Nantes voted by 55% to 45% to support plans to build the controversial new, two runway airport at Notre-Dames-des-Landes and to close down the existing one runway airport in Nantes.

The vote is a disappointment to the campaigners who have fought for many years against the new airport.  They argue it is both destructive and unnecessary.

But the vote is not binding on the French Government.  Indeed, the Government will struggle to build it given the scale of oposition there is to it across France.

The campaign to stop it continues.  There will be a huge protest held over the weekend of 9th and 10th July:  https://www.acipa-ndl.fr/

Brexit: Heathrow 3rd Runway decision postponed

The result of the UK Referendum to leave the EU has meant that the decision about where to build a new runway will now not be taken until the autumn.  

If the UK had voted to remain in the UK, it was expected that the Prime Minister, David Cameron, would have given the green light for a 3rd runway in early July.

But the Brexit vote and the decision of David Cameron to resign means that it will be the next Prime Minister who will take the decision about whether to give the go-ahead to a third runway at Heathrow or a second runway at Gatwick.