London First has called for urgency on decisions around London’s aviation capacity.
Addressing both the short term and the long term needs for additional capacity, Chief Executive, Baroness Jo Valentine said: “London First believes that urgent measures must be taken to increase the UK’s air capacity. In the short term, the cap on flights at Heathrow can be lifted, and residents protected from noise, and Gatwick and Stansted deregulated to let London’s competitive market flourish, extending choice and services.”
“In the long term, although new runways cannot be built quickly, priority must be given to agreeing plans for a new runway in the south-east to cope with increased passenger demand.”
The key factor is the speed with which a decision can be made. She said: “There is no time to lose. We are facing fierce global competition from rivals who are increasing their air links to new and established markets. So we must make the assets we have work more intensively now and work urgently to agree and plan where a new runway could be based. We have not had a new runway for over 30 years. The Davies Commission is doing very important work examining all plans for a long term solution. We look forward to its conclusions.”