TAKING OFF: Heathrow unveiled new proposals to create a third runway at the London airport, saying that the ideas will allow a vast expansion at Europe's busiest air hub.

THE TAB: The three options would allow the airport to move from a capacity of 480,000 flights a year to 740,000. The cheapest option would cost 14 billion pounds ($21 billion), the most expensive 18 billion pounds.

BUMPY RIDE: At least one of the options calls for the new runway to swallow up a handful of local villages, a conservation area and a church.