Heathrow expansion continues to divide

A group of businesses and MPs has spoken out in favour of Heathrow expansion, while the London Assembly has passed a motion saying the case for it is not yet proven.

Business and political leaders met at a Let Britain Fly Westminster breakfast briefing to discuss the implementation of the Airports Commission’s recommendation to build a third runway at Heathrow.

The meeting was staged to put pressure on the Government to respond to the Commission’s recommendation as quickly as possible and commit to an early Parliamentary vote.

Speaking at the event were Michael Spencer, Group CEO, ICAP; Surinder Arora, Founder & CEO of Arora International; and Michael Ward, Managing Director of Harrods.

They explained why they think UK Plc needs extra capacity in the South East, warning that if Ministers continue to delay a decision on airport expansion this will have a negative impact on Britain’s economic competitiveness.

Also speaking were Drew Hendry, MP for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey (SNP); Louise Ellman MP for Liverpool Riverside & chair of the Transport Select Committee (Labour); and Steve Double, MP for St Austell & Newquay (Conservative).

They explained why they believe it is in the national interest to implement the recommendations of the Airports Commission.

Meanwhile, the London Assembly was questioning Sir Howard Davies about his report which recommended that another runway be built at Heathrow. The Assembly Members questioning him focussed on night flights and their proposed reduction as a condition of expansion.

Members passed a motion following the discussion which accepted the need for additional capacity in the south east of the UK, but which stated that the case for expansion at Heathrow had not yet been proven.


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