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East Midlands Airport reponds to airport expansion delay

East Midlands Airport has commented on the Government’s decision to delay the decision on airport expansion in the United Kingdom; according to the East Midlands Chamber, the halting of the decision will only hold back exporters and damage the economy.

After the Airport’s Commission announced that there would be a third runway at London Heathrow Airport, Prime Minister, David Cameron guaranteed that there would be a decision made about a possible expansion to East Midlands Airport before the year is out. However, during this past week, the government have made a statement detailing how they will be delaying any further decisions regarding expansion until summer 2016 at the earliest.

Chris Hobson, the East Midlands Chamber’s director of policy commented on the delay:

“The Government’s decision to further delay its crucial decision on airport expansion is hugely disappointing and goes against its stated ambition to increase UK exports to £1 trillion a year by 2020.

“It’s businesses which will drive this, but if they can’t fly to emerging markets to make deals because of a lack of capacity, they will be hamstrung from the start. It also sends out a damaging message to international investors looking at infrastructure opportunities in the UK.

“While this delay is extremely frustrating, it does give the Government the opportunity to re-examine all proposals and give renewed and detailed consideration to ways to better utilise the under-used capacity at East Midlands Airport and other regional airports.”

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