Business angered by latest government delay on new runway

In response to today’s announcement concerning Heathrow’s expansion, Let Britain Fly has criticised the government for further delaying a final decision.

Gavin Hayes, Director of Let Britain Fly said: “The business community will be rightly angered by the latest delay in a final decision to implement the Airports Commission’s recommendation to expand Heathrow.

Instead of showing strong leadership the Prime Minister has yet again decided to put short-term political interests before the long-term national interest and kicked the can down the road for another six months. This latest fudge is all about political expediency not about doing what is right for our economy.

Having already spent three years and millions of pounds of tax-payer money looking at the issue in a Commission, including extensive analysis on the economic and environmental impact, this further delay is unacceptable.

Such indecision risks undermining our economic competiveness and our global competitors will be rubbing their hands in glee. And the message this sends out to investors is quite frankly a disaster.

The government claim they have a ‘long-term economic plan’ but seem incapable of making the big strategic decisions that will deliver future jobs and growth.”

FOR FURTHER COMMENT / TO ARRANGE AN INTERVIEW CALL GAVIN HAYES ON 07535 976964