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News reports have revealed that the cost of Heathrow landing slots has led to an increase in so-called 'empty plane' flights from the airport.

These slots have significantly limited the success of many airlines, with the asking price thought to be in the region of £30 million. As such, airlines such as bmi are prepared to lose a much smaller £20,000 per flight than risk forfeiting such a lucrative slot.

The news comes in the wake of plans for a third runway at the airport, and will lend credence to the arguments that such development would only serve to be to the detriment of the environment.

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