UK Industry Body Favours Airport Expansion

18 July 2010 (Last Updated July 18th, 2010 18:30)

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has recommended the new UK Government consider long-term airport infrastructure development to boost Britain's economic growth. In its report 'Rethinking Aviation', ICE said that the government's decision to halt runway expansion at major airport

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has recommended the new UK Government consider long-term airport infrastructure development to boost Britain's economic growth.

In its report 'Rethinking Aviation', ICE said that the government's decision to halt runway expansion at major airports could seriously affect Britain's connectivity and competitiveness.

The UK's Coalition Government has cancelled plans for a third runway at London's Heathrow Airport and said it will also block runways at Stansted Airport and Gatwick Airport.

ICE aviation expert Simon Godfrey-Arnold said air transport and airport infrastructure are vital for the UK's international connectivity and prosperity.

In the report, ICE warned that capacity constraints may force international carriers to abandon Heathrow and go to larger, more economically attractive northern European hubs.

The report also said that aircraft innovation needs to be enhanced to reduce carbon emissions while the government should initially consider emissions cuts elsewhere.

ICE has recommended the introduction of a carbon price floor to curb demand for air travel by making flying more expensive, according to Reuters.