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Clear timeframe needed for airport expansion

Following reports that the government will not respond to the Airports Commission report until Christmas, David Leam, Director of Infrastructure Policy at London First, said:

“The Department for Transport will understandably need time to study the commission’s findings. But taking until Christmas to respond risks creating a vacuum over the autumn which critics of airport expansion will happily fill.

“What we need now from the government is strong leadership and a clear timeframe in which airport expansion will take place.”

The Airports Commission, chaired by Sir Howard Davies, is expected to publish its final report in the summer.

It has shortlisted three options: a third runway at Heathrow, lengthening an existing runway at Heathrow or building a second runway at Gatwick.

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