The Airport Operators Association has commented on the UK government’s recent backing of the third runway expansion at Heathrow Airport.
Responding to approval of the Airports National Policy Statement, Chief Executive of the AOA, Karen Dee said:
“A global Britain requires connectivity to both established and emerging markets right across the country and thus needs both world-class hub and point-to-point capacity.
Parliament has today recognised the importance of aviation connectivity and its approval of the Airports NPS for a north-west runway at Heathrow is an important step towards delivering that connectivity.
“It is now vital that the Government delivers an Aviation Strategy which sets out a clear and positive framework for aviation growth across the UK.
Alongside the recently announced Government support for all airports in their efforts to make best use of their existing runways, an ambitious Strategy is urgently needed to ensure that all airports have the capacity and the surface transport links necessary to connect communities and businesses with domestic and international markets.
Better connectivity will drive inward investment, develop new trading opportunities, bring tourists to the UK and create jobs and economic growth in all parts of the UK as a result.”