By Jonathan Davies

The boss of Heathrow Airport has called on the government to "get on" with the airports' expansion after it reported a huge rise in profits.

"We're into a new phase now where the focus is on making this happen, in the interests of the country as quickly as possible," Heathrow chief executive John Holland-Kaye told the BBC.

"This is now something that can be delivered and we need to get on with it as quickly as possible."

He said the construction of a third runway would boost the UK economy by £211 billion and create nearly 200,000 jobs.

The Heathrow boss said it could get "shovels in the ground in 2019" and start to feel the "benefits of Heathrow expansion in 2025".

Mr Holland-Kaye called for "an early decision from government that allows us to move with confidence and line up the supply chain, do the right thing for communities and get on and deliver the huge benefits".

The calls come after Heathrow reported profits of £120m for the first six months of the year, compared with a £23 profit in the same period last year. Revenues were up almost 6% to £1.3bn and passenger numbers were up 1.3% to 35.5 million.