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Business support eco-air industry and expansion

26 January 2009 11:05

Business support eco-air industry and expansion

Businesses that support the expansion of Heathrow Airport are also interested in finding solutions to climate change and are willing to adapt their travel habits accordingly, reports.

The Institute of Directors (IoD) survey reveals that 70 per cent of the 500 executives interviewed on a range of air travel issues said that the Heathrow expansion would be a positive for business.

Miles Templeman, IoD director general, said the research also showed that businesses were in favour of shouldering an increased cost of air travel if there were benefits to the environment for doing so.

"Satisfactory solutions must be found to deal with noise and air quality issues, and aviation should pay its environmental costs in full, in the same way as any other activity," he told

Mr Templeman went on to suggest that a European style cap-and-trade scheme should be implemented into the airline industry soon.

The furore over the expansion of the airport and a threatened strike by British Airways pilots threatens to disrupt the Easter plans of holidaymakers, prompting travel experts to ensure that they have adequate travel insurance in case their plans are disrupted.