The publication of the Davies Commission report has proved to be the start of the debate proper. It also shows that the fight will get dirty.
The lawyers will get involved but the more important interventions will be made by local communities.
If history is any guide then communities campaigning against airport expansion are motivated, vocal, resourced, energetic and unrelenting.
The real battle has yet to really get going.
Gatwick is preparing to challenge a major three-year inquiry into runway capacity amid claims that its conclusions were based on data that was “heavily biased” in favour of Heathrow. In its first formal response to the airports commission, the airport claimed that the report significantly underestimated the number of passengers who will fly out of Gatwick in future years.