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An Emirates Airbus A380 aircraft is seen above roof tops as it comes into land at Heathrow Airport in west London

An Emirates Airbus A380 aircraft is seen above roof tops as it comes into land at Heathrow Airport in west London

An Emirates Airbus A380 aircraft is seen above roof tops as it comes into land at Heathrow Airport in west London

The operator of London's Heathrow Airport is hopeful that plans to build a new runway could receive long-awaited backing from a UK government-appointed commission this year, helping bolster traffic at Britain's busiest airport.

Heathrow reported a 1.4pc increase in 2014 passengers helped by bigger, fuller airplanes. There is little room for additional flights, as the two-runway airport is essentially full, operating at 98pc of its capacity. Future growth would be about 0.5pc a year, Heathrow chief executive John Holland-Kaye said yesterday.

Expansion of Heathrow has long been a political issue, with opposition from environmentalists and local residents.

Britain's Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition which won the 2010 election scrapped the previous Labour government's plans to build a new runway at Heathrow, west of London.

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