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Airports Commission consultation on Gatwick and Heathrow runways ends

The world's biggest passenger airliner, the giant 555-seater Airbus A380, arrives at London's Heathrow airport Image copyright PA
Image caption Three options have been shortlisted for an increase in air capacity

A commission looking at whether Gatwick or Heathrow should expand will conclude its public consultation later.

The Airports Commission will make a recommendation to the government about the UK's future air capacity. It is likely to be published in the summer.

It has shortlisted three options: a third runway at Heathrow, lengthening an existing runway at Heathrow or building a second runway at Gatwick.

The public consultation will end at 23:25 GMT.

The commission has already concluded there is a need for one additional runway in the South East of England by 2030.

Boris Johnson had supported the idea of an island airport in the Thames estuary - dubbed Boris Island - but the commission declared the idea would not be shortlisted.

It cited the huge price tag and environmental concerns.

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