Is a happy landing for airport growth politically possible?
17 December 2013 Last updated at 20:52 GMT
New runways at Heathrow and Gatwick are among the options that have been short-listed by the Airports Commission for expanding UK airport capacity.
The three short-listed options include adding a third runway at Heathrow, lengthening an existing runway at Heathrow, and a new runway at Gatwick.
The controversial question of airport expansion has dogged and divided politicians for years, as the BBC's James Landale reports.