Airport expansion 'necessary' for UK
26 January 2009 10:38
The UK cannot afford to restrict the growth of its airports if it is to meet the requirements of both business and leisure travellers, according to one industry insider.
Neil Pakey, chairman of the Airport Operators Association (AOA), said that the current situation has become "unsustainable" because of a lack of investment and development.
"Airport expansion is a natural and necessary consequence of increased demand for air travel," he said.
A recent survey conducted by the Institute of Directors and bmi found that 70 per cent of UK companies said that they backed airport expansion and said that without it, their businesses could suffer.
"The economic and social benefits of expanding UK airports are considerable," Mr Pakey commented.
"As well as providing much-needed jobs, improved air links act as a catalyst for business growth across the country."
The survey also revealed that two-thirds of the businesses polled thought air fares should be increased to go towards green strategies to offset and reduce the industry's impact on the environment.