In a typically election style fashion, Heathrow Airport has launched its manifesto over expansion.
Unveiled at Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Heathrow pledges to create a stronger economy in the North West.
The manifesto pledges to secure new jobs, connect businesses to global growth, whilst improving domestic connections, namely to the North West. It also pledges to be a better neighbour, as well as claiming that expansion will see a lasting legacy for future generations.
The North West, as a result of Heathrow expansion, would bring in around £12.5 billion of economic growth to the region, as well as creating 15,000 new jobs.
In a bold statement, Lord Paul Deighton, Heathrow’s Chairman, said that should the Government approve expansion at his airport, it could secure the economic future of families across all of Briton.
The manifesto is made up of five core pledges, which it claims will secure a prosperous future for the North West….
1. Help Britain’s economy grow, creating up to 15,000 new jobs across the North West.
2. Let the North West stand tall, connecting local businesses with up to 40 more long haul destinations across the globe.
3. Meet tough environmental and noise limits, enforced by new independent regulators.
4. Improve connectivity with Liverpool, with plans for a domestic air connection.
5. Secure a lasting legacy for future generations, enabling our children to compete in the global race.
Speaking about the manifesto, Lord Paul Deighton said, “If Heathrow falls behind, Britain falls behind. That means fewer jobs and less security for families in Liverpool. That is why we must have runway capacity that is fit for the future and build it now.”
A decision over which airport will expand, Heathrow or Gatwick, is expected later this Summer, having been postponed from the end of last year. This was after the Airport’s Commission recommended Heathrow for expansion, on the proviso that it met certain conditions. These conditions have been exceeded, says Heathrow, and as a result it is the only choice for airport expansion in the South East.
Lord Deighton added, “Economic security, plans for a domestic air connection, outward looking abroad but fair to our neighbours at home – that is the promise of our manifesto and this is why Heathrow is the right choice for the North West.”
Whilst CEO of Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Andrew Cornish, said, “Liverpool John Lennon Airport has been a long-time supporter of plans to expand Heathrow and we continue to work together closely to promote the mutual benefits of an expanded Heathrow. We urge the Government to give the go ahead of this important expansion so that regional airports such as Liverpool can benefit by the opening up of access to the UK’s hub airport for improved worldwide connectivity.”