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Business leaders “tearing their hair out” at latest airport expansion delay

13 Nov 2015

The Institute of Directors has chastised the government over the latest delay over a decision about where to expand airport capacity in the south east of England.

Simon Walker, Director General of the Institute of Directors, said:

“Business leaders will be tearing their hair out at the news that, yet again, a decision on expanding the UK’s airport capacity has been delayed. Of course this is difficult choice, which is the reason the Government set up the Airports Commission to make a recommendation balancing economic needs, environmental concerns and the impact on local residents. We have to ask now, what was the point of the Commission if the Government still fails to act?

“The Government has set the very ambitious target of increasing UK exports to £1 trillion a year by 2020. If they can’t fly to emerging markets to make deals, our members are going to find it very hard to meet this aspiration. At this stage, IoD members care much more about a decision being made, than whether the new runway is built at Heathrow or Gatwick.”

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