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30 June 2016

Government failure over airport capacity leaves business grounded

Following the news that David Cameron will not make any decision on increasing UK airport capacity, leaving it to his successor, Mike Cherry, National Chairman at the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), 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.

“The Brexit decision makes today's 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."