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IoD recommends Heathrow and Gatwick expansion | 20 December 2012

A shortage of aviation capacity in England could be solved by two new runways at Heathrow and another at Gatwick.

That’s according to bosses from the Institute of Directors (IoD), cited by standard.co.uk, who believe that Britain is actually losing investment because it does not have enough capacity in the ‘vital’ South East Airways.

Opponents of the proposed third runway may be irked by the IoD’s comments but taking action could help the economy in the short and long-term. However with it could come a need for the respective airports to re-assess their facilities management procedures.

In addition, the IoD said Air Passenger Duty was “much too high” and that such high fees could be deterring passengers from flying, potentially costing the economy £12 billion a year.

The IoD represents one of the first authorities to openly back a four-runway hub at Heathrow, reports travelweekly.co.uk.

Corin Taylor, IoD senior economic advisor, commented: “British aviation faces several key crunches which require swift, co-ordinated action. Aviation is economically crucial, and the world is only going to become even more interconnected.

“We cannot afford to ignore the reality that demand for air travel in south east England will soon be more than our airports can handle. This means airport capacity must expand, alongside other measures to improve our competitiveness in terms of taxes and immigration processes,” added Taylor.

The views expressed in this post are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Qube Global Software. All facts are verified where possible directly by the author.

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