The CEO of Heathrow Airport has urged MPs to vote for expansion in order to create tens of thousands of jobs and increase Britain’s global trade.
John Holland Kaye spoke after the government approved plans to build the third runway at Heathrow, following the publication of its Airports National Policy Statement which sets the stage for a Parliamentary vote on the matter.
A vote for the expansion will set the policy framework for the northwest runway consent application, and Heathrow’s CEO has written to MPs to explain how a vote for expansion would transform the airport, boost the economy by billions, open up approximately 40 new long haul trading routes for exporters, and create skilled jobs throughout the country.
Heathrow’s appetite for the runway is matched by the fact the country’s major business groups and trade unions have also recently written to MPs to urge them to back the runway at Heathrow.
And John Holland Kaye believes “the world is waiting” for this expansion.
He said: “Together with our supporters across the country, we urge all MPs to vote for expansion. Their votes will connect all of Britain to global trade, increase competition and choice for passengers and create tens of thousands of new skilled jobs for future generations.
“The world is waiting for Britain. It’s time to vote for Heathrow expansion.”
The polling from independent sources suggests that MPs will vote to build a new runway at the airport, with figures from ComRes revealing 75% of MPs backing the northwest runway to increase the capacity in the south east of the country.
And the Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, Dr Adam Marshall, wants an “unequivocal green light” for the expansion.
He said: “Business communities across the UK want to end decades of political indecision and an unequivocal green light for Heathrow expansion.
“A resounding vote for Heathrow expansion in Parliament would do more than just unlock this crucial infrastructure project, as it would give a huge boost to business confidence and investment at a time of significant change.”