As Heathrow Expansion is on the verge of construction, we have to evaluate the pros and cons of this revolutionary build. Heathrow expansion, which was approved by a cabinet sub-committee, was designed to increase the number of flights per week which would consequently generate a vast profit. Currently, Heathrow airport manages 990 departures a week- that's double the amount of their main rivals, Charles Le Gaulle (484) and Frankfurt (450). Not only will it continue to be the largest airport in the world, but it would encourage a diverse culture and it will provide employment for the locals. Heathrow will attract many people worldwide because it will fly to a wider range of places and it provides an easy and efficient flying experience.
On the other hand, any houses within the catchment area of Heathrow will be bulldozed to make way for the third runway. Heathrow primary may also be knocked down, meaning local primary schools will have to accommodate for these children. In addition, according to Jon Stewart, from the airport watch campaign, Heathrow has the potential to become England’s biggest carbon dioxide emitters. Furthermore, the build will be extremely costly for both us and the government.
We went around the school and interviewed multiple teachers about how they feel on the topic. All the teachers said that there are both pros and cons to the build.
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- Ellie, Harrison, Megan and Daniel