Heathrow expansion – London First comment on Tory opposition to Runway 3September 30, 2008
Baroness Jo Valentine, Chief Executive of London First, said:
“Business needs to fly. London is a centre of world trade. Without access to its global markets, London could lose its crown to New York or to increasingly influential Dubai or Shanghai.
“There is no doubt Heathrow has to be better – better passenger experience, fewer flight delays, better environmental performance. But ruling out making it bigger is a bad decision for a global city and the UK economy. Sometimes the right decision is the unpopular one.”
Note to Editors
London First is a business membership organisation whose mission is to make London the best city in the world in which to do business. London First mobilises the experience, expertise and enthusiasm of the private sector to develop practical solutions to the challenges facing London. London First also seeks to persuade central and London government to make the investments that London needs in its infrastructure.
London First delivers its activities with the support of the capital’s major businesses in key sectors such as finance, professional services, property, ICT, creative industries, hospitality and retail. Membership also includes all of London’s higher education institutions as well as further education colleges and NHS hospital trusts. London First members represent 26% of London’s GDP.