FTA calls on government to support Heathrow 3rd runway

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has called on the government to back the 3rd runway at Heathrow, particularly if the Prime Minister’s vision of a global post Brexit Britain is to become a reality.

The FTA wrote to Theresa May ahead of the announcement (that is due very soon), and urged her Cabinet members to make a prompt decision in favour of Heathrow to allow the next phase of planning to begin.

It told the government that the UK needs Heathrow to maintain its position as a world class hub for UK imports and exports. In terms of monetary value, the FTA pointed out that air freight accounts for 40% of the UK’s exports. It also showed how top end manufacturing industries such as automotive manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, mobile phones and high end retail are dependent on Heathrow.

Chris Welsh, FTA Director of Global and European Policy said: “We have written to Cabinet members urging them to follow the Airports Commission’s recommendation and support a third runway at Heathrow, and have encouraged a decision be made sooner rather than later. There has been too much stalling as to where and when the extra capacity for air freight is going to be.

“The referendum vote to leave the European Union makes connectivity to new and emerging markets all the more pressing, and the argument for a third runway at Heathrow all the more compelling.”

Welsh continued: “Additional capacity is vital to meet growing demand for connectivity to emerging markets in Asia, the Indian sub-continent and South America. Access to these emerging markets will be even more important as we embark on a new future outside of the EU.

“Heathrow is the main hub airport in the UK, and it is full, the need for a third runway is obvious. So much economic activity relies upon air freight across the UK, it is critical to economic recovery that the nation can demonstrate it is open for business with a smooth and reliable journey from our international gateways.”

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