The debate surrounding plans to build a third runway at Heathrow seems to have been going on for a lifetime. It is crystal clear that the UK needs to expand capacity – and an extra runway there will also help regional airports such as Newcastle and Tees Valley. The proposed increase in capacity would certainly provide a knock-on boost for our airports and other businesses across the North East.
Expansion of either Heathrow or Gatwick would help our airports, though a Heathrow extra runway would probably have a greater benefit.
The rate things are going, by the time we get started they’ll need two extra runways. Less talk, more action is needed. Heathrow? Gatwick? Both? One thing is certain, the current status quo is the worst solution of all.Get on with it!
Jonathan Arnott MEP