Forwarders welcome positive signs on Heathrow

Airline Industry, Associations, Aviation, European Union, Logistics, Markets, Politics and Government, Trade and Commerce — By on October 10, 2016 at 10:46 AM
Robert Keen

Robert Keen

The trade association that represents the UK’s freight forwarding and logistics businesses is pleased that the UK Government appears to be ready to stop its procrastination about the expansion of UK aviation capacity.

Robert Keen, Director General of the British International Freight Association (BIFA), said: “In the last week there have been a number of indications that a decision is imminent and that the decision will favour Heathrow.

“That will be long overdue good news for our 1,500 member companies who have been dismayed over the ongoing delay on such a huge issue.

“Despite the UK’s impending departure from the EU, Government ministers continue to insist that the country remains outward-looking and open for business.

“The UK’s freight forwarding community, which is the engine of Britain’s international trade, believes that an announcement that the Government will move forward with the recommendations made by the Airports Commission by building more capacity at Heathrow airport would be massive sign 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.”

“My message to Theresa May is that it really is well beyond time for her Government to take action on this matter.”

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