IoD welcomes Heathrow decision

Dated: 15 January 2009

Commenting on the Government’s announcement today on the third runway at Heathrow, Miles Templeman Director General of the Institute of Directors (IoD) said:

“The IoD welcomes the Government’s decision to approve a third runway at Heathrow. With the current airport operating at 99% of capacity, Heathrow’s status as a global hub is under threat. A third runway is vital to maintaining the UK’s economic competitiveness, and will put us in a good position to win business from the key markets such as India and China when the upturn comes.”

“The Government’s proposals strike the right balance between maintaining the UK’s economic competitiveness and addressing the important environmental issues that it raises. It is essential that the Government’s noise and air quality targets are strictly adhered to, and that aviation plays a full part in meeting carbon reduction targets.”

“This announcement, together with the substantive package of improvements to public transport infrastructure, will not only benefit UK PLC but all users of the transport network.”


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Notes to editors

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