Air, Freight News

Decide soon on Heathrow, says FTA

[ September 14, 2016   //   ]

Freight Transport Association’s director of global and European policy repeated calls for an urgent Government decision on a third runway at Heathrow at the ‘Shaping the Future Heathrow’ Conference at the Royal Institute of British Architects on 14 September. He told delegates that the Brexit vote makes connectivity to new and emerging markets all the more pressing.
“The Government must now follow the recommendation of its own inquiry and back a third runway at Heathrow. Without it, the UK will irreversibly fall behind competitors such as Schiphol, Charles de Gaulle and Frankfurt, and much of the air freight market will over time transfer to these continental airports,” he said.
The Davies Commission concluded in July 2015 that Heathrow rather than Gatwick should expand because of the economic benefits for the whole country
Welsh added: “Only Heathrow has the connectivity to global markets and infrastructure to be a truly international freight hub, offering an unrivalled range of direct flights and airlines and minimising the need to connecting transport by road. Delaying a decision further will cause irreversible damage.”