LONDON, May 1 (Reuters) - England's High Court rejected a series of legal challenges against the government's plan to build a new runway at Heathrow Airport on Wednesday.
Heathrow, Europe's busiest airport, is operating at full capacity. Parliament backed a plan to proceed with an $18 billion third runway last year, but the expansion faces opposition from local communities and environmentalists.
Environmental groups and local boroughs have complained about the impact a new runway would have on air quality, climate change and noise levels.
Heathrow Airport is owned by Ferrovial, Qatar Investment Authority and China Investment Corporation among others. (Reporting by Alistair Smout; writing by Kate Holton; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)