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Vote ‘yes’ to Heathrow Runway Three, say BIFA and FTA

[ June 22, 2018   //   ]

Speaking ahead of 25 June’s parliamentary vote on the National Policy Statement for Heathrow expansion, BIFA director general Robert Keen said he hoped it would “see the end of years of procrastination over the expansion of UK aviation capacity, with the UK Parliament voting in favour of a new runway at Heathrow.
“A yes vote will be long overdue good news for our 1,500 member companies who have been dismayed over the ongoing delays on such a huge issue.
“But a vote in favour needs to be accompanied by an expedited planning procedure, which has been mentioned previously, with no reopening of high level arguments, and robust handling of any legal challenges.”

The Freight Transport Association also urged MPs to vote in favour of the plans to expand Heathrow saying it would “provide great opportunities for British business to forge new trading relationships outside the EU.” It added that without an expanding global hub airport, the prospects for trading partnerships with new world markets would  be “pretty bleak”.

The BBC reports that with the government issuing a three-line whip to its MPs and about 40 Labour MPs expected to vote with them it is widely expected that the expansion plan will get Commons backing.


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