North East England Chamber of Commerce has today welcomed the Government’s decision to back a new runway at Heathrow Airport.
“We are absolutely delighted with the Government’s decision to move forward with expansion at Heathrow Airport. This long-awaited conclusion is a welcome one for North East England and the whole of the UK.
“As a Chamber representing 4,000 business members we have been staunch advocates of Heathrow expansion as the right option to ensure North East businesses continue to enjoy the access they need to markets around the world.
“We would now urge MPs to support this positive decision as the National Policy Statement is brought forward.
“North East England is a globally-facing, exporting region and access to the UK’s international hub airport is a vital part of that success.
“We currently enjoy excellent connectivity to Heathrow via Newcastle International Airport and the potential for a new route to Durham Tees Valley is great news.
“A green light for airport expansion allows our businesses to make investment plans safe in the knowledge that our region’s connection to Heathrow is secure and that it has the capacity needed to support future economic growth.
Newcastle Airport say they are 'absolutely' still in favour of the expansion of Heathrow Airport - with a link to the capital vital for business and tourism.
They're expected to comment further when the official announcement is made on whether Heathrow or Gatwick will be given the go-ahead for a new runway.
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Ryanair flights from Newcastle to Malaga have been cancelled on Tuesday due to a French air traffic control strike.
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