Tuesday 05 June 2018
London Chamber of Commerce and Industry has welcomed the publication of the Government’s Airports National Policy Statement.
However it has warned that not only does work need to begin as soon as possible, but Gatwick needs to be expanded too – especially with only ten and a half months to go until Brexit.
Chief Executive of London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Colin Stanbridge said: “This is another important step forward and it is hugely welcomed after years of frustrating delays and arguments.
“Airport expansion is vital for London’s economy and to sustain its status as a world class city in which to do business.
“But however welcome this agreement is, Heathrow’s expansion on it’s own is not enough. We also need to see another runway at Gatwick and better surface links at both.
“With Brexit looming we need to be as ready as we can be to ensure we remain connected to the rest of the world and expanding our airports in the South East is crucial to that.”
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NOTES TO EDITOR:
- London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) is the capital’s largest and most representative business organisation, with members ranging in size from multi-national companies to SMEs and sole traders.
- Colin Stanbridge, Chief Executive is available for further comment and interview.