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30 June 2016

Government failure over airport capacity leaves business grounded

David Cameron has announce that the decision on airport capacity will be left to his successor in a move that effectively spells the end of plans to build a third runway at Heathrow.

Commenting on the news, Mike Cherry said: "The failure to take action on aviation capacity is hugely disappointing. We held a major consultation with small businesses up and down the country supporting the work of the Airports Commission. The final report backed our calls for regional connectivity and improved surface access. As the Commission made clear - the UK urgently needs additional aviation capacity."

Ministers had been due to make a decision after the publication of last July’s report on the issue by the airports commission, which strongly backed a third runway at Heathrow. The government postponed until Christmas and then again until this summer pending further analysis of noise and pollution levels.

Mike Cherry continued “The Brexit decision makes further postponement all the more frustrating.  Government should be getting back to business, taking forward a major infrastructure project which would have boosted exports, jobs and growth across the UK.

“FSB will be engaging with all candidates for Prime Minister, and all parties, to tackle airport expansion when the new Prime Minister takes office in 10 weeks' time."

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