BAA's Chief Executive, Colin Matthews, has welcomed the government's decision to go ahead with a third runway at Heathrow:
"This decision opens the door to Heathrow becoming once again a truly world class hub airport, and to the UK maintaining the direct connections to the rest of the world on which our prosperity depends.
"Meeting the environmental targets will be demanding, but, whilst we have to study the detail in today's announcement, we are determined to work with the rest of the aviation industry to achieve them.
"We are also fully aware that today's decision will be a difficult one for many, particularly those residents who will be directly affected by it. We intend to work with the local community as much as possible as we go through the planning process."