IoD echoes call for Heathrow expansion

17 July 2013

Responding to Heathrow Airport’s submission to the Davies Commission which calls for the building of a third runway, Corin Taylor, Senior Economic Adviser at the Institute of Directors and author of our recent report Flying into the Future, said: 

"Expanding Heathrow is the best way to solve Britain's airport capacity conundrum. It is quicker and cheaper than the other options, and far easier to get to for almost all passengers. With quieter planes and steeper descents, it can be done in a sensitive way. Britain will miss out on the trade we need with high growth parts of the world unless we urgently expand our hub capacity."

63% of IoD members believe direct connections to emerging markets will be crucial to their business over the next decade. In December 2012 the IoD argued for a third and ideally fourth runway to be built at Heathrow, as well as an additional runway at Gatwick.  

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Contact for further comments or to arrange interviews:

Andrew Silvester
Parliamentary Affairs Assistant
Institute of Directors, 116 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5ED
+44 (0)20 7451 3264
+44 (0)7891 059567
Andrew.silvester@iod.com

 

Notes to editors

  • The Institute of Directors (IoD) was founded in 1903 and obtained a Royal Charter in 1906. The IoD is a non-party political organisation with approximately 38,000 members in the United Kingdom and overseas. Membership includes directors from right across the business spectrum – from media to manufacturing, e-business to the public and voluntary sectors. Members include CEOs of large corporations as well as entrepreneurial directors of start-up companies.
  • The IoD provides an effective voice to represent the interests of its members to key opinion-formers at the highest levels. These include Government ministers and their shadows, parliamentary committee members, senior civil servants and think-tanks. IoD policies and views are actively promoted to the national, regional and trade media. Follow us on Twitter to get the IoD’s reaction on business and public policy issues.
  • The IoD offers a wide range of business services which include business centre facilities, with 15 UK centres (including three in London, Reading, Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester, Nottingham, Norwich, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Belfast) and one in Paris, conferences, networking events, virtual offices, issues-led guides and literature, as well as free access to business information and advisory services. The IoD places great emphasis on director development and has established a certified qualification for directors – Chartered Director – as well as running specific board and director-level training and individual career mentoring programmes.

 

 


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