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DfT response to Airports Commission hugely disappointing

The Department for Transport today responded to the Airports Commission’s interim report.

Baroness Jo Valentine, chief executive of London First, said that after seven months of waiting, the Government had failed to rise to the challenge set by the Airports Commission in its interim report.

“It will be over decade before we have a new runway serving London, if we’re lucky, and this was a great chance to hear how the government will make best use of the airports we have to boost our global reach.

“Instead we have no short term plans to make the rail link to Stansted world-class, and no plans to attract airlines and passengers to grow our global air links.

“There is no detail about an independent Aviation Noise Authority, to bring new levels of trust around airports that more flights will mean less noise, and no certainty over proposals to cut flight delays at Heathrow.

“Finally, there is no recognition whatsoever that London and the UK need new runways to compete internationally.”

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