The Airports Commission report recommending either Gatwick or one of two Heathrow options for a new runway is due out at 7am tomorrow.
The media seem to think that neither airport will be ruled out, but with a preference for Heathrow, while bookies Paddy Power give Gatwick a slight edge at 5/4 over Heathrow at 6/5, with the unofficial Heathrow option traling at 3/1.
The real question is what the government then does with the recommendation.
The Airports Commission will “fudge” the decision on where to locate Britain’s new runway by leaving all options on the table – paving the way for ministers to oppose expansion at Heathrow. While the independent body is likely to recommend Heathrow as the site for expansion it is understood the group will not rule out building at Gatwick. The move comes amid reports George Osborne would consider backing a new runway at Gatwick despite being a previous proponent of Heathrow expansion.