Our comments on the Transport Secretary's Heathrow announcement
Expanding our aviation capacity is critical to ensuring Britain can compete on the post-Brexit world stage.
The CBI responded to the laying before Parliament of the National Policy Statement on the construction of a third runway at Heathrow Airport.
Josh Hardie, CBI Deputy Director-General, said:
“It’s fantastic that the new runway at Heathrow is getting closer to take-off. All the more so as the United Kingdom has waited for nearly half a century for this decision.
“Expanding our aviation capacity, and creating new flight routes to rapidly growing markets, is mission critical to ensuring Britain can compete on the post-Brexit world stage.
“The new air links the runway will create will unlock growth and help create jobs at home, and enable more businesses – especially our many innovative and ambitious small and medium-sized ones – to export their goods and services to booming markets.
“Our aviation capacity is set to run out as early as 2025, so it’s crucial we get spades in the ground as soon as possible. From Southampton to the Shetlands, firms in all parts of the UK will be looking to their MPs to approve the National Policy Statement, giving a timely vote of confidence in Global Britain’s future.”