Travel association hails government approval of Heathrow’s third runway

The travel association, GTMC, has hailed the UK government’s approval of increasing capacity at London Heathrow with the building of a third runway.

Adrian Parkes, CEO, GTMC said:

“We welcome the news announced today that the Government has given its long-awaited approval for a third runway at Heathrow.

The GTMC has called for airport expansion in the South East for a number of years and the development of a third runway at Heathrow is key to realising ambitions for growth.

Growth not only in airport capacity and the expansion of new routes but also the economic growth of UK PLC.

“Our own research in partnership with Oxford Economics highlights that just a one per cent increase in international air business travel – which can only be achieved by airport expansion – will deliver £400m in knock on economic benefits.

This is not a figure that government can ignore. As we seek to build trade relations and opportunities further afield post-Brexit, airport expansion is essential to safeguarding the future of our economy.

The time for debate is over and we now urge the Government to act swiftly in turning plans into reality.”