Supporters may see victory, but it needs to come sooner rather than later if they're serious about defending London's position in transatlantic travel.
Nothing about this collection of images says that the anti-runway people have a decent, viable alternative to expansion.
Seriously, time to man up Cameron. Everyone is waiting.
It's a deeply divisive issue, but Cameron needs to put on his big boy pants and make the call. It's shouldn't be a faster decision to decide to bomb Syria than to add or not a third runway.
Countries like Britain (and Germany and the U.S.) that were first movers in aviation need new comprehensive roadmaps that better position them for the next generation of flying. Right now they're just running from one crisis to the next.
Heathrow has managed to function as a major international hub despite its runway limitations. But future passenger growth means it will need to expand, if it is to hold a leadership position both in Europe and around the world.
London's mayor and the U.K. Prime Minister need to stop playing politics and think about what makes most sense for London, which is probably an expansion of Heathrow given the growing number of international travelers.
The only politicians voting against the expansion will be the ones whose constituencies are under the flightpath.
That said, it's much easier to tie yourself to a runway than to do the very hard work of changing policy and industry.
Delaying flights is not the best way to get people on your side.