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Airport decision delay is political

Friday, December 11, 2015

Cameron Delay Till Summer 2016 Of Decision On Airport Capacity In South East Is Political To Avert Threat From Zac Goldsmith

114,000 jobs rely on Heathrow and without a third runway it would fall into decline and in a short space of time, face closure says GMB

GMB, the union for airport workers, commented on the announcement that Government will delay final decision on the Airport Commission report on for airport expansion in the south-east till summer 2016. See notes to editors for copy of Department of Transport press release dated 10th December 2015 and copy of GMB press release dated 1st July 2015 in response to Airport Commission report.

Mick Rix GMB National Officer said "So much for David Cameron’s pledge to deliver the much needed infrastructure projects.

While this decision has been dressed up as giving time for consideration on environmental impacts and the best possible mitigation measures the reality is that he has run away from the political threats from Zac Goldsmith.

More capacity is needed at both Heathrow and Gatwick and both airports can benefit from further investment with operators at both committed to decent well-paying jobs.

Heathrow is currently operating at 98% capacity.

The politicians have to grasp this issue as over 76,000 people are employed directly at Heathrow, and another 38,000 local jobs rely on it. Without a third runway Heathrow would fall into decline and in a short space of time, face closure

Side swipes by Willy Walsh from BA with threats to move to Dublin or Madrid are totally unhelpful and not acceptable.

His commitment to his UK workforce is already under question as sadly GMB members are already experiencing jobs being exported to India and Poland as BA seeks to get rid of well-paid professional jobs from the UK".

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Contact: Mick Rix 07971 268343or Gary Pearce 07850 036952 for Heathrow or Gavin Davies Gatwick 07930 983376.

Notes to editors

1 Copy of Department of Transport press release dated 10th December 2015

Government confirms support for airport expansion in the south-east

Government statement on airport expansion in the south-east.

  • location decision subject to further consideration on environmental impacts and the best possible mitigation measures
  • government agrees with the Airports Commission that the south-east needs more runway capacity by 2030
  • government agrees with the Airports Commission’s shortlist of options, all of which it concluded were viable

The government has accepted the case for airport expansion in the south-east and the Airports Commission’s shortlist of options for expansion. It has also identified the most appropriate way of delivering planning consents for new capacity, it was decided today (10 December 2015) at the Airports Sub Committee.

The government will undertake a package of further work and we anticipate that it will conclude over the summer.

The government will do this quickly so that the timetable for delivering capacity set out by the Airports Commission can be met.

The Airports Commission published a large amount of very detailed analysis on air quality and greenhouse gas emissions for their 3 shortlisted schemes. The government faces a complex and challenging decision on delivering this capacity.

The Airports Commission’s air quality analysis will be tested using the latest projected future concentrations of nitrogen dioxide.

The next step is to continue to develop the best possible package of measures to mitigate the impacts on local people and the environment. This will include a package for local communities to include compensation, maximising local economic opportunities through new jobs and apprenticeships, and measures to tackle noise.

More work will be done on environmental impacts. The government expects the airports to put forward ambitious solutions.

The mechanism for delivering planning consents for airport expansion will be an ‘Airports national policy statement’ (NPS), following which a scheme promoter would need to apply for a development consent order.

Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin said:

The case for aviation expansion is clear – but it’s vitally important we get the decision right so that it will benefit generations to come. We will undertake more work on environmental impacts, including air quality, noise and carbon.

We must develop the best possible package of measures to mitigate the impacts on local people. We will continue work on all the shortlisted locations, so that the timetable for more capacity set out by Sir Howard is met.

At the first opportunity I will make a statement to the House to make clear our plans.

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2 Copy of GMB press release dated 1st July 2015

GMB Say Both Heathrow And Gatwick Need More Capacity

Both airports can benefit from further investment with operators at both committed to decent well-paying jobs says GMB

GMB, the union for airport workers, commented on the Airport Commission report published today (1st July 2015).

Mick Rix, GMB National officer, said "More capacity is needed at both Heathrow and Gatwick and both airports can benefit from further investment with operators at both committed to decent well paying jobs.

Heathrow is currently operating at 98% capacity.

The politicians have to grasp this issue as over 76,000 people are employed directly at Heathrow, and another 38,000 local jobs rely on it. Without a third runway Heathrow would fall into decline and in a short space of time, face closure."


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