Much delayed new Nantes airport finally gets a thumbs up

The building of a controversial new airport near Nantes in north-west France has finally been given the go-ahead in a ballot. Over 55% of voters gave their approval.

The venture was first proposed nearly 30 years ago but over the years there has been much oppostion mainly on environmental grounds.

Construction on the 580-million-euro project has been delayed several times. It is scheduled for opening next year, and aims at replacing the current Nantes Atlantique Airport.