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Heathrow Expansion Would Boost North East Firms

 

Commenting on options for a third runway outlined by Heathrow Airport today, NECC Policy Team Leader, Mark Stephenson, said:"It is time decision makers treat Heathrow for what it is, a national asset that generates wealth and assures jobs across the whole country including the North East.

NECC reacts to the House of Commons Transport Committee report recommending the abolition of Air Passenger Duty.Commenting on options for a third runway outlined by Heathrow Airport today, NECC Policy Team Leader, Mark Stephenson, said:"It is time decision makers treat Heathrow for what it is, a national asset that generates wealth and assures jobs across the whole country including the North East.
"International markets are vital for our economy and with around £4bn of our exports leaving via air freight, almost all of which goes through Heathrow, you begin to see how valuable it is for our exporting businesses.

"Expansion at Heathrow isn't a perfect solution but neither are the mooted alternatives which all impact on people and the environment. In Heathrow expansion we have a project sitting on the shelf, privately funded and with the possibility of it being completed relatively soon. The political parties serious about achieving balanced growth across all regions must get behind it."