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Welsh businesses urged to make most of Heathrow Airport expansion

Wales is being urged to be at the “heart of the action” in the delivery of Heathrow Airport's third runway, by Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns.

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A new runway at Heathrow is the government's preferred airport expansion project.

A summit held in Cardiff today will allow business owners to meet with airport representatives in an effort to help them win future contracts.

Mr Cairns will underline the UK Government's backing of this significant infrastructure project and highlight the benefits the Welsh workforce, Welsh passengers and what communities stand to gain from the planned expansion.

Tom Brown-Lowe reports:

0.2%
of £1.2bn spent on procurement at Heathrow Airport was spent in Wales.

The close proximity of the majority of the Welsh population to Heathrow means that we will be able to maximise the commercial opportunities presented by this investment.

it is of utmost importance that we provide support to such projects to strengthen the Welsh economy.

The airport’s supply chain are in Cardiff in great force today, ready to build networks and partnerships with Welsh businesses.

I am confident that Wales will not disappoint. Expansion of Heathrow Airport is the right move for Welsh companies, for Welsh passengers and for our communities.

Let’s take full ownership of the opportunities this exciting project presents.

– Alun Cairns MP, Welsh Secretary