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Call for long-term aviation policy

The Government must look beyond a third runway at Heathrow to achieve necessary airport capacity, engineering and transport experts have said. The aviation debate had become too heavily politicised, said the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT). They said the long-term choice was not whether to build a third runway at Heathrow but whether the west London airport could realistically be expanded beyond three runways. If not, plans for an alternative hub airport in south-east England must be developed quickly. The two organisations were responding to the Government's draft aviation policy framework. The ICE and the CIHT also made mention of the Government-appointed Commission into aviation needs headed by former Financial Services Authority chief Sir Howard Davies. The institutions called for a "twin track" approach to aviation capacity, which pushes ahead with solutions that will maintain the U