I have followed the story of Heathrow’s expansion since I became Minister for Aviation in 1989. Whilst I was Secretary of State for Transport between 2012 and 2016, I set up the independent Davis Commission, which looked at the whole question in great detail. It concluded that this is the right way forward.
Heathrow expansion will deliver a boost of up to £74 billion to the economy and ensure Britain maintains its position as a global leader in aviation.
This will be the first full length runway in the south-east since the Second World War, which I believe sends a very clear message that this country is open for business. Forecasts show that by the mid-2030s all five of the London’s major airports will be at full capacity. Expanding Heathrow will not only improve connectivity in the UK itself, but will also better connect this country to long haul destinations in growing world markets, boosting trade and creating jobs.
Heathrow will be privately funded and that the costs will not be met by the taxpayer.
23 June 2018