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The Issue

Airport capacity is crucial to the UK economy. We need it for UK to remain open for business and give a much needed boost to trade, investment and economic growth across the UK. After an extensive consultation with our members about the choice to expand either Heathrow or Gatwick, we said we would back the recommendation of the Airports Commission. In July 2015 the Commission recommended expanding Heathrow.

We’re calling for politicians to now deliver the expansion without further delay. This will avoid putting the long-term economic health of the UK at risk.

Action FSB have taken

  • We consulted our members about plans to expand both Heathrow and Gatwick.
  • We informed the Commission of the need for better connections to road and rail and procurement opportunities for small businesses.
  • We informed the Commission of the need to enhance regional connectivity with the expansion.
  • We highlighted the importance of freight capacity as a consideration.

Our Goal

With the Commission’s endorsement to expand Heathrow we want Ministers to make a swift decision without delays or disruption. The benefits of economic growth and job creation from expansion are clear. Big decisions on national infrastructure need to be made swiftly.

Achievements in...



Following our submission, the Commission’s report included recommendations to:

  • Create new public service obligation routes

  • The consideration of freight capacity

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