29 JUNE 2015
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Speaking at ABTA’s annual policy event, Travel Matters, Robert Goodwill, MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, said that the Government would be decisive once the Airports Commission publishes its report into airport capacity in the South East. (See in this issue)
“When the Airport’s Commission announces its recommendation we will consider it carefully and take the decision that has been put off for far too long. Too many tough decisions on transport have been delayed or deferred. If we fail to invest in our transport networks now the growth we have seen [in previous decades] may stall, we cannot afford to stall on making a decision any longer. A thriving travel industry indicates a thriving economy, Government policy must support the growth of the travel industry.”
While confident of a decision, the Minister did not set out a precise timeframe for the Government’s response.
Stephen d’Alfonso, Head of Public Affairs at ABTA, said: “We welcome the Minister’s commitment to a firm decision on this issue. With capacity stretched in the South East, it is urgent that not only is a decision made but that it is reached swiftly to enable the necessary infrastructure projects to start. ABTA has long urged for action on airport capacity to support the UK’s growth and global competitiveness.” www.abta.com
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