6 June 2018


CBI joins urgent call on the Prime Minister to hold runway expansion vote

Expanding the UK’s aviation capacity is critical to ensuring Britain can compete on the post-Brexit world stage.

CBI joins urgent call on the Prime Minister to hold runway expansion vote

At the end of May, CBI Director-General, Carolyn Fairbairn, signed a letter alongside the leaders of six other business groups calling on the Prime Minister to table a vote on Heathrow expansion before the summer recess.

As Brexit approaches, Heathrow expansion is crucial to making sure the UK remains an outward looking trading nation and is well-equipped to compete on the world stage. The National Policy Statement (NPS) on Heathrow Expansion has now been laid before Parliament with a vote to follow in the next 21 sitting days. Throughout this time the CBI will be continuing to make the case for delivering a new runway at Heathrow. Progress will be vital for the UK’s attractiveness as a place to invest and do business, this would be a timely vote of confidence in the UK’s global economic future.

Aviation is already a major UK success story, with the sector creating £52 billion for the UK economy and supporting around one million jobs. However, airports in London and the South East are fast approaching full capacity. With the UK having waited for nearly half a century for this decision, progress is extremely welcome.

As recommended by the independent Airports Commission, the government has concluded that the proposed north-west runway at Heathrow presents the strongest case for expansion and will offer the greatest strategic and economic benefits for the whole of the UK. The CBI, having consulted widely across its members, supports this conclusion, and backs the timely delivery of Heathrow’s expansion. 

The letter highlighted that as the UK’s only major hub airport, Heathrow is the gateway to the world for British exports and provides businesses with connectivity to almost any market in the world - from Mumbai to Mexico City, Beijing to Bogotá. Heathrow expansion will strengthen such existing connections and add up to 40 new ones, linking Britain’s exporters – large and small - with customers and opportunities around the world.

Read business letter to Prime Minister calling on vote on Heathrow

For more information, please contact Thomas.Barlow@cbi.org.uk