Business already benefiting from Heathrow decision, says airport chief

The government’s backing for expansion at Heathrow has sparked a multimillion-pound boost to UK businesses, according to John Holland-Kaye, the airport’s chief executive.

“The decision to expand Heathrow is a momentous turning point for our country, underlined by the unprecedented level of commitment from British workers and industry,” he said. “This weekend Heathrow started the process of pumping hundreds of millions of pounds into the British supply chain to build an airport that is fair, affordable and secures the benefits of expansion for the whole of the UK.

“Over the coming years, I look forward to working with our new partners to create thousands of decent jobs across the UK as together we deliver Britain’s new runway.”

The British Chambers of Commerce, the Confederation of British Industry, Unite and the TUC have all supported moves for expansion at Heathrow. They said: “The government has set out a clear process to deliver an expanded Heathrow. What matters now is that we all work with government to deliver expansion which is fair and affordable, while delivering for all of Britain.

“That’s why, today, we are pledging our commitment to work with Government to develop those plans and ensure Britain begins to reap the benefits of expansion before the end of the decade.”