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Airport expansion: it’s time to let Britain fly

The government is expected to announce its recommendation for a new runway at either Heathrow or Gatwick imminently. A decision was expected this week but has been pushed back, probably to Tuesday 25 October.

Once the decision is announced, the government is expected to consult both parliament and the public on a National Policy Statement (NPS), with a vote in the Commons on the final Statement expected in 2017/18. We have been preparing for the announcement and will be active next week in the build-up to, and following on from, the decision.

Let Britain Fly director, Matthew Hill, was interviewed by BBC One’s Sunday Politics last Sunday, highlighting the benefits of connecting the UK to more destinations around the world that could achieve an extra £9.5 billion of trade a year, particularly to emerging markets.

Matthew also appeared on BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme this morning ahead of the decision next week.

Our chairman, John Allan CBE, appeared on Sky News’ Dermot Murnaghan show on Sunday 16 October, specifically to review the papers and preview articles appearing ahead of an airports decision. London First Director of Campaigns, Will Higham was also quoted in the Evening Standard.

Let Britain Fly will welcome a clear decision from the government and will urge MPs to support that decision as a sign the UK is open for business.

We will be engaging with key politicians, regional businesses and the media to ensure we get the message out that a new runway will benefit businesses across the country.

If you would like to tweet your support for the government’s recommendation, below are a couple of examples which we will be sure to retweet.

  • The Airports Commission has made its recommendation clear, it’s time to stop dithering and #LetBritainFly
  • UK can’t afford another lost decade & another £133bn of lost trade, we need decisive action from Government to #LetBritainFly

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