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28 September 2015

FSB Comment: No more delays for airport expansion, says FSB

FSB Comment
The Airports Commission led by Sir Howard Davies today recommended Heathrow airport expansion. It’s now up to the politicians to deliver it.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) submitted the views of our membership into the Airports Commission and informed his recommendations. We welcome his support for enhanced public service obligation routes and measures to make sure the benefits of expansion are felt beyond London and the South East.

Today the FSB calls on Ministers to follow through on their promises and make a bold and swift decision. They now have the evidence and the opportunity to end decades of inaction that has constrained economic growth.

Airport capacity is crucial to the UK economy. We need it for Britain to remain open for business and give a much needed boost to trade, investment and economic growth right across the UK. We trade up to twenty times more with countries where we have a direct air link. The FSB was clear in its submission that freight capacity would be an important consideration in the decision and this was also recognised in today’s report.

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