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Get on with airport expansion, trade ministers urge

Get on with airport expansion, trade ministers urge
23 Sep 2013

The government has been urged to get on with dealing with the UK's lack of airport capacity by two former trade ministers. 

In a letter to Sir Howard Davies, who is heading up the government's Airport Commission, Lord Digby Jones and Lord Mervyn Davies warned that Britain is falling behind countries such as Germany and China, the Independent reports. 

'We are increasingly concerned about the gradual decline in Britain's global aviation capacity,' they wrote. 

'While the UK has continued to do nothing, many of our developed economy global competitors ... have already modernised their airport infrastructure.'

A decision on how best to increase the UK's capacity is not expected until 2015, with the current list of options ranging from adding extra runways at existing airports such as Heathrow to building a brand new hub airport in the south-east. 

Expansion at Heathrow is opposed by some local residents, while environmentalists fear a new airport on the Thames Estuary would damage a valuable ecosystem. ADNFCR-408-ID-801640538-ADNFCR

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