Responding the announcement by HM Treasury that Chancellor Philip Hammond, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling and Communities Secretary Sajid Javid have given the go-ahead for a brand new £344 million expansion programme at London City Airport, London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) said it was very positive news, but warned a decision about Heathrow should still be made.
Head of Policy at LCCI, Rob Griggs said: “This is very welcome news for London’s economy and for the rest of the UK. LCCI has repeatedly said that we need to allow airfield and terminal enhancements at London City Airport to boost capacity in the short-term”.
However, it does not mean that we can continue to delay a decision about new runways in the South East. Ministers must move now to give the go-ahead to new runways at Heathrow and then Gatwick to future proof the national economy. Further delays can only be detrimental to London and the UK’s economy.”