Heathrow – Airport capacity in the South East - 25th October 2016
North Thanet`s MP, Sir Roger Gale, has welcomed the Government`s long awaited announcement that a new runway will be built at Heathrow.
Speaking in the Commons, however, the MP once again highlighted the daily loss of passenger and, particularly, business to mainland European airports as a result of lack of capacity in the South East of England .
Sir Roger has said:
“It is clear that it will be at least fifteen years before there are any aircraft wheels on new tarmac at Heathrow. As a result of the decision to leave the EU the UK is going to have to seek important markets in India, the Far East and South America as well as Africa. That is going to mean a further increae in the demand for air freight. We either use the currently available capacity or that traffic will fly into France, Germany and the Netherlands and will then have to be transported by road to Britain.
It is vital, in the national interest, that we recognise this and that Manston Airport in Kent is re-opened, initially as a freight hub, in the shortest time possible. Those that are seeking to resist this course of action are clearly more self-interested in property development for short-term profit than they are in the future of UK limited.“