Britain’s skies are among the world’s busiest, but political debates are hampering the ability of the country’s airports to keep abreast of the growth in air travel. The U.K.’s independent Airports Commission recommended last July that London airports build another runway, and it identified Heathrow as its location. But politicians, fearing a voter backlash over pollution and noise concerns, are reluctant to green-light such a project and are delaying the ...

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