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The Business Travel Magazine - - The Review - Adrian Parkes CEO, GTMC

As I write, the third run­way at Heathrow looks to have got over the line fol­low­ing the vote in the Com­mons.

The GTMC has long cam­paigned for in­vest­ment in UK air­port ca­pac­ity, so we wel­come the de­ci­sion by MPS to green-light the project.

The chal­lenge now is to en­sure these votes and pos­i­tive state­ments trans­late from de­bate into af­fir­ma­tive ac­tion. What the UK needs is well thought-out poli­cies en­com­pass­ing essentials.

The Na­tional In­fra­struc­ture Com­mis­sion is de­vis­ing a 30-year as­sess­ment of what’s needed, which could form the ba­sis of a long-term strat­egy for the coun­try. How­ever, it has not been granted in­de­pen­dence, mean­ing any plan will not be bind­ing on fu­ture govern­ments.

Heathrow’s ex­pan­sion is likely to face hur­dles in the shape of plan­ning ap­peals and le­gal chal­lenges along with on­go­ing con­fu­sion with Brexit and con­cerns about queues at bor­der en­try points, es­pe­cially at air­ports.

But there is a lot to be pos­i­tive about for Heathrow, in­clud­ing 15% of slots be­ing as­signed to do­mes­tic routes to help re­bal­ance the UK econ­omy and sup­port busi­nesses out­side of Lon­don and the South East.

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