Heathrow Airport has claimed the case for expansion at its airport has been strengthened by Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.
In a statement, the airport said the need to connect with other economies around the world is stronger than ever.
In a seperate statement it also claimed that MPs also ranked Heathrow expansion as the top infrastructure project for spreading growth across Britain – ahead of projects like High Speed 2 and High Speed 3. This is based on a survey of 150 MPs carried out for Heathrow by Comres in the three months leading up to the vote.
”With this result, the case for expansion at Heathrow is stronger than ever before,” said the first statement. “Only Heathrow can help Britain be the great trading nation connecting all regions of the UK to the world. It is the keystone that connects businesses of every size to markets across the world as the UK’s only global hub airport.
“Global connections are critical for a new outward-looking UK to help our businesses and economy to thrive – and with expansion we can deliver up to 40 new destinations on top of the 83 we serve now.
“We are confident that the government will make the right choice for the future of the UK, putting the interests of the country first. We look forward to working with the government and its agencies on next steps,” it said.
“At an uncertain time for the British economy, MPs recognise that Heathrow is a private sector infrastructure project that will spread growth across Britain from the moment that we get a green light,” added chief executive John Holland-Kaye in support of the second statement.
“Now more than ever, people across Britain are counting on the government to take bold decisions that show we are a confident outward looking trading nation. MPs are clear that expanding Heathrow will help secure Britain’s long-term economic future.”
But commentators have immediately pointed to the resignation of David Cameron as prime minister as a massive blow to the airport’s third runway plans. Likely successor Boris Johnson is vehemently opposed to expansion at Heathrow.
Government was expected to make an announcement on Heathrow early next month, but that announcement is now widely being reported as having been postponed.
Gatwick, which is also still in the running to receive government backing for expansion, has not commented on the EU referendum decision.