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UK to decide which airport expansion proposal to accept

  • An Airbus A330-300 of Virgin Atlantic on final approach to landing skims over the rooftops of nearby houses at Heathrow Airport in London, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. Britain's government will reveal how it plans to expand London's airport capacity Tuesday, more than a year after a special commission recommended a third runway at Heathrow. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

    An Airbus A330-300 of Virgin Atlantic on final approach to landing skims over the rooftops of nearby houses at Heathrow Airport in London, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. Britain's government will reveal how it plans to expand London's airport capacity Tuesday, more than a year after a special commission recommended a third runway at Heathrow. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)  (The Associated Press)

  • A plane approaches landing over the rooftops of nearby houses at Heathrow Airport in London, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. Britain's government will reveal how it plans to expand London's airport capacity, more than a year after a special commission recommended a third runway at Heathrow. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

    A plane approaches landing over the rooftops of nearby houses at Heathrow Airport in London, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. Britain's government will reveal how it plans to expand London's airport capacity, more than a year after a special commission recommended a third runway at Heathrow. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)  (The Associated Press)

  • Demonstrators hold placards as they take part in a protest outside the Palace of Westminster against the decision to be announced on the building of a third runway at London' Heathrow Airport or a second runway at Gatwick, in London, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. Britain's government will reveal how it plans to expand London's airport capacity, more than a year after a special commission recommended a third runway at Heathrow. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

    Demonstrators hold placards as they take part in a protest outside the Palace of Westminster against the decision to be announced on the building of a third runway at London' Heathrow Airport or a second runway at Gatwick, in London, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. Britain's government will reveal how it plans to expand London's airport capacity, more than a year after a special commission recommended a third runway at Heathrow. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)  (The Associated Press)

Britain's government will reveal how it plans to expand London's airport capacity, more than a year after a special commission recommended a third runway at Heathrow.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling will inform Parliament of the government's decision around midday London time. Other options include extending an existing runway at Heathrow and building a second runway at Gatwick Airport.

The decision is only the first step, though. The government's recommendation will be studied further and Parliament will vote in about a year.

Most analysts expect the government to back one of the Heathrow options, despite concerns about air pollution, noise and the destruction of homes. Opponent Neil Keveran plans to fight on. He says, "I think legal challenges, and if necessary direct action, will prevent the growth of Heathrow."