Expanding Heathrow will not only be a signal to the world that Britain is open for business; it will provide a roadmap for the future development of the Northern Powerhouse.
Air quality is a critical issue in the debate over where the UK’s next runway should be built.
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After decades of debate, the expansion issue has been up in the air long enough.
A new runway at Gatwick can deliver the economic benefits the country needs at a fraction of the environmental and financial cost of Heathrow.
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Gatwick’s case has won many supporters because it can provide all the economic benefits of additional runway capacity at a fraction of the environmental costs.
Heathrow’s location can never change – by contrast, Gatwick has a flexible plan for growth.
In the proud tradition of Magna Carta it makes our freedoms real and ensures no petty bureaucrat can encroach upon them.
Our expansion proposals would bring a national economic benefit of up to £211 billion and 180,000 jobs.
At our recent event, representatives of some of Britain’s leading think tanks and campaign groups spoke out against the measure.
Heathrow is now operating at capacity for freight on key routes, particularly to the Asia-Pacific, and only more flights can increase our freight capacity.