Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye today pledged to secure the economic future of families across all of Britain if the airport is allowed to expand.
Underlining the importance of a decision for the British economy, the airport unveiled an ‘election-style’ manifesto at events across the country saying that Heathrow expansion would be the right choice to benefit every part of Britain.
The manifesto is built around five core pledges to “secure a brighter future for Britain”:
- Help Britain’s economy grow stronger, creating up to 180,000 new jobs and 10,000 apprenticeships across the UK.
- Connecting businesses with up to 40 more long haul destinations across the globe.
- Meet tough environmental and noise limits, enforced by new independent regulators.
- Improve connectivity, with better air, rail and bus connections from Heathrow to every major UK town and city.
- Secure a lasting legacy for future generations.
Heathrow say a third runway will boost the economy by up to £211 billion, with the benefits spread across the country. They also say that they have cleared the way for the Government to support the expansion proposal by meeting and, in most cases, exceeding the conditions set out in the Airports Commission’s recommendation for Heathrow expansion.
Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “If Heathrow falls behind, Britain falls behind. That means fewer jobs and less security for families. That is why we must have runway capacity that is fit for the future and build it now.
“We all want our children to inherit a country that is stronger and can compete in the world. A keystone of our children’s future success is an expanded Heathrow.
“Economic security, opportunity for people in every part of Britain, outward looking abroad but fair to our neighbours at home – that is the promise of our manifesto. But we can’t do it alone – we need people across the country to let the Prime Minster and the Government know that they cannot just hope for a stronger economy and country – they need to choose it and the right choice is Heathrow.”
Terry Scuoler, CEO of EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, said: “The brake on expansion at Heathrow is also a brake on UK jobs and growth. While the Government continues to dither, the tally of lost opportunities for UK business continues to mount. Valuable contracts remain on ice and this undoubtedly means manufacturers of all sizes, supply chains and regions are losing out.”
Mike Cherry, National Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “Business across Britain needs Ministers to act on the Airports Commission recommendation from last July. A new runway at Heathrow represents the best chance we have for airports expansion, and today they make clear commitments to boost cargo for exports, and to improve regional connectivity. It’s now time to back British business.”