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THE TIME IS RIGHT FOR A CHANGE OF POLICY ON HEATHROW

[ 28-08-2012 ]

Commenting on the news that senior Conservative MP Tim Yeo has called upon the Prime Minister to reconsider his opposition to the expansion of Heathrow Airport, Scottish Chambers of Commerce have said that the construction of a third runway at the airport is long overdue in order to secure Scotland’s long term connectivity to the UK’s hub airport. 
 
Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said:
 
“The fact that senior Conservative MPs are now prepared to challenge the UK Government on its short sighted policy of blocking ambitious proposals for development at Heathrow Airport is a positive sign for Scotland.  Moreover it is interesting that politicians are recognising the fact that environmental emissions are a receding issue, thanks to the technical progress in terms of modern aeronautical advances.
 
“Scottish businesses require access to a hub airport in order to take advantage of opportunities in an increasingly diverse global marketplace and, whilst such a hub could equally be located in Amsterdam, Paris or Frankfurt, a UK hub is crucial to drive our tourist industry and to market Scotland and the UK as a connected place to do business.
 
“Heathrow is an extremely important airport in terms of global aviation but has become hamstrung in recent years through the UK Government’s intransigence, whereas international competitors have expanded.  In Scotland, we have seen growing pressure on domestic air services linking us to Heathrow as the airport and airlines look towards highly profitable long haul services at their expense.
 
“It is time that the UK Government put the interests of our economy first and allowed Heathrow Airport to expand and meet the needs of British business and the travelling public.  Its owners have indicated their willingness to invest in one of the UK’s finest economic assets.  Government must put its blinkered objections aside and allow Heathrow to expand, otherwise they risk damaging our long term economic growth prospects.”
 
 

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