Business leaders urge new government to accelerate London airport expansion

17 May 2015 (Last Updated May 17th, 2015 18:30)

Around 100 businessmen have urged the newly elected Conservative government to accelerate the expansion of Gatwick or Heathrow airports.

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Around 100 businessmen have urged the newly elected Conservative government to accelerate the expansion of Gatwick or Heathrow airports.

In a letter issued by the country's pro-expansion campaign group Let Britain Fly, the signatories warned that a further delay in the implementation of the expansion post the Airports Commission's recommendation could risk the country's global competitiveness and future growth.

Business leaders from Britain's top firms along with the heads of trade bodies such as the British Chambers of Commerce, Institute of Directors, London Chamber of Commerce and Industry and London First signed the petition.

Let Britain Fly director Gavin Hayes said: "The new government should use its fresh mandate and make a bold and early decision to build a new runway.

"The new government should use its fresh mandate and make a bold and early decision to build a new runway."

"With all of London's airports forecast to be full by 2030, kicking the can down the road is no longer an option.

"This will be one of the first big issues that will test whether the government is capable of making strategic decisions in the national interest.

"The Conservatives pledged in their manifesto they would 'respond to the Airports Commission's Final Report', to maintain the trust and confidence of the business community it's essential that response is both positive and timely."

According to the letter, the expansion of international connectivity is fundamental to ensuring that the UK remains open for business and would give a much-needed boost to trade, tourism, investment and economic growth across the country.

The Airport Commission is currently working on a recommendation that will result in the expansion of either the Gatwick or the Heathrow airport in London.

Recently, around 60 MPs have demanded a quick decision from the next government on the expansion project as the decision of the Airports Commission has been delayed multiple times by successive governments.


Image: Business leaders said that the quick expansion was important for the country's future growth. Photo: courtesy of Gatwick Airport.