This week (20 August 2012), The Daily Telegraph published a letter by Policy Chairman Mark Boleat about London’s urgent need to increase air capacity:
SIR – After what many feared would be a bumpy ride, we must congratulate Heathrow on its handling of one of the busiest days it has experienced. Ferrying 116,000 Olympians home is a Herculean feat in its own right, and the dedication of staff and organisers should not go overlooked.
As a world-class business hub, London has traditionally benefited from strong international transport links, but we cannot afford to sit on our laurels. As other countries continue to expand, we must start preparing for the future, or we will lose our competitive edge. Decisive action to upgrade our aviation infrastructure will ensure that London remains a first choice for business.
Where flights go, trade will follow. Britain already does 20 times more trade with countries that have direct flight connections than with those that do not. Emerging economies will become increasingly important to Britain as the West continues to struggle with structural problems limiting growth.
Policy Chairman, City of London Corporation
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