“The benefits to business are unclear and unproven,” says the letter, which is signed by a number of business figures. As well as Dunstone, it’s signed by Ian Cheshire (CEO of B&Q), Justin King (Sainsbury’s), James Murdoch (News Corp – owner of BSkyB) and a number of others.
“We recognise the business need for air travel and that strong air links between the UK and the rest of the world are required, but the business case for the third runway simply does not stack up,” they say. Continuing “to say that all those from the business community support the third runway is wrong.”
This position is at odds with that stated by a number of businesses who supported an advertising campaign backing the expansion.
Other signatories to the letter are Martin Armstrong, Russell Chambers, Jeremy Darroch (BSkyB), Sir Roy Gardner, Howard Leigh, David Levin (United Business Media), Jon Moulton, Dominic Murphy, and Lord Young of Graffham
Read the letter in full.