Opponents at this idea described it as “catastrophic” for the environment, local community and hundreds of families. The government’s recommendation will be studied further and Parliament will vote in about a year. Even if approved, it will take years before construction begins. London Mayor Sadiq Khan was not content with this decision. He argued that Heathrow Airport actually already exposes the city to more aircraft noise than Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Munich and Madrid combined. London and southeastern England need more airport capacity to meet the growing demands of business travelers and tourists, aviation officials said. “A new runway at Heathrow is really fantastic news, especially as the country has waited nearly 50 years for this decision,” said Paul Drechsler, the president of the Confederation of British Industry.