Stansted Airport announced today it is withdrawing its application to build a second runway. The decision follows a change in policy from the new Government, which said it would stop airport expansion in the south. “We have reflected carefully on the new Government’s clear intention to change its airports policy and have moved quickly to withdraw this application,” said Stansted Airport Managing Director David Johnston. He said the airport still believed the new capacity was needed in the South East of England “to strengthen the UK’s international trading links”. Stansted will also immediately withdraw the provision to help relocate those who would have been affected should a second runway have been built. However, the airport will continue to purchase properties going through the process if they have marketed the property and cannot agree a sale.