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Government must keep commitment to open a new runway by 2030

The Government is expected to announce today that the decision on airport capacity will be left to the next Prime Minister.

One year on from the Airports Commission’s recommendation to build a third runway at Heathrow, the announcement adds further to the delay in the Government taking a decision.

At transport questions the transport secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, said “I cannot now foresee announcement until October.”

In February, Mr McLoughlin, told MPs that a new runway at either Heathrow or Gatwick would be delivered by 2030.

Baroness Jo Valentine, Chief Executive at London First, responded to the news saying:

“Clearly this is disappointing. Nothing can be more vital for a trading island than sufficient air links, especially after the referendum result. There should be no question that whoever takes over from David Cameron must keep the government’s commitment to open a new runway by 2030.”

Gavin Hayes, Director of Let Britain Fly, said:

“One of the first tests of leadership for the next prime minister, and the clearest way of demonstrating we have strong government again, is to make this long overdue decision. There is too much economic turmoil right now to delay this any longer.”

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