‘The UK airport expansion debate is of national – not just regional importance – and we cannot delay’ say GTMC and Federation of Small Businesses in joint call for action ahead of political ‘game playing’ in 2016The GTMC and the Federation of Small Businesses have come together to call for a de-politicisation of the debate around airport expansion.
The GTMC and Federation of Small Businesses are saying that the delayed decision, largely put down to the May London Mayoral election, is of national importance and not just an issue for London and the South East.
Paul Wait, chief executive of the GTMC said:
“The ongoing delay into progressing where and when increased airport capacity is built is potentially damaging to the medium to long term prospects of the UK. The question for business travellers isn’t simply where additional airport capacity should be constructed but whether the country is for or against supporting the UK economy.”
Matthew Jaffa, senior development manager, Federation of Small Businesses added: “Our members all over the UK are keen to see progress on the expansion of UK airport capacity. Heathrow airport is currently running at 98% capacity and we need a transport hub that is fit for the 21st Century and meets the needs of the whole of the UK. Exporting goods and services to the emerging markets is essential to growing the British economy and vital for many of our members. Their transportation and growth needs must be met.”
Representing a diverse range of travel management companies – from global companies to small independent specialists and top regional agencies – GTMC is the voice of business travel and acts to lobby those who have an impact on the business travel community, together with promoting the activities of its members as the best in quality and value to the business traveller.
The Federation of Small businesses represents over 200,000 small and medium sized businesses in the UK. As experts in business, FSB offers members a wide range of vital business services, including advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in Government. Its aim is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions.