12/07/12

Commenting on the draft aviation policy framework published today by the Department for Transport, Adam Marshall, Director of Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

“Businesses will be underwhelmed by the government’s aviation document. What was billed as a long-term aviation framework has emerged with a gaping hole in the middle, with debates on maintaining the UK’s global hub status and capacity kicked into the long grass.

“There are some small silver linings here: a new rail link to Heathrow from the West will improve access for businesses, and the extension of operational freedoms could reduce delays in the short term.

“Unfortunately, aviation strategy has become a political plaything. That simple fact will not escape the attention of British business. The government has been consulting on this issue for years, and there has been too much talk and too little action.

“It is possible to increase capacity in the South East, strengthen our regional airports, and support the development of more connections to emerging markets. All it takes is courage. Otherwise, the UK will lose both investment and jobs.”

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The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) sits at the heart of a powerful nationwide network of 51 Accredited Chambers of Commerce, serving over 104,000 businesses across the UK, which employ over five million people. For more information visit: www.britishchambers.org.uk

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