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Third runway for Heathrow announced

25 October 2016

Following several years of debate, the government has finally announced that Heathrow will have a third runway added to satisfy the growing demand for air travel in the UK.

Recent weeks had seen the claims and counterclaims of which airport should receive the extra runway intensify further, fuelled by coverage and speculation within the national media.

The building of the third runway will also include numerous facilities to service the increased activity on the site, providing further opportunities for the FM sector.

CBI president Paul Drechsler, CBE, was one of the first to comment, describing it as "really fantastic news" and providing "enormous relief to firms in every corner of the country".

"It will create the air links that will do so much to drive jobs and unlock growth across the UK, allowing even more of our innovative, ambitious and internationally focussed firms, from Bristol to Belfast, to take off and break into new markets," he said.

Emphasising the need to start the construction as soon as possible, Mr Drechsler said this will provide companies with the confidence to invest.

He further stated the project be part of a long-term framework for the UK's aviation capacity and sending a positive message to the world as EU exit negotiations continue.

Announced by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, the decision was criticised by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Greenpeace UK leader John Sauven.

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