In a speech at a conference of airport operators, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has said airports are vital for the UK’s future outside the EU, and that Heathrow’s expansion is a key part of that.
He said: “It has never been more important to demonstrate that Britain is open to the world. Open to collaboration. Open for business. And there can be no better way of doing that than through international air connections.”
Championing the Government’s choice of Heathrow as the location for a new runway, he added: “We’ve ended decades of dithering over Heathrow expansion with overwhelming support in Parliament for the National Policy Statement.”