Confront, don’t duck decision on Heathrow expansion, say UK forwarders

Associations, Aviation, Logistics, Trade and Commerce — By on June 27, 2016 at 10:04 AM
Robert Keen

Robert Keen

The trade association that represents the UK’s freight forwarding and logistics businesses is concerned that last week’s news that the UK will leave the EU and that David Cameron will resign as Prime Minister will lead to further procrastination over the expansion of UK aviation capacity.

Robert Keen, Director General of the British International Freight Association (BIFA), said: “In December last year, BIFA voiced the dismay of its 1, 500 member companies when the government announced that it would be deferring its final decision on expanding UK airport capacity until the summer of 2016.

“With last week’s developments, we are now entering a period of great uncertainty on the political front, and BIFA members are worried that will result in big decisions being postponed, or abandoned completely.

“In his resignation statement, David Cameron said he had always believed that big decisions had to be confronted, not ducked.

“He should make good on that sentiment by announcing forthwith that there will be no further delay and the Government will move forward with the recommendations made by the Airports Commission by building more capacity at Heathrow airport.

“The UK’s freight forwarding community, which is the engine of Britain’s international trade, is counting on the government to show that we are a confident, outward-looking trading nation, still capable of taking bold decisions that have a direct positive effect on the UK economy, its international connectivity and reputation.”

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