After three years and £20m, Sir Howard Davies’ Airports Commission has made its recommendation: Heathrow should have a third runway, and Gatwick expansion should not be ruled out either. But that doesn’t mean shovels will soon be tearing up the ground in West London: David Cameron needs to face up to making a decision, and face down both interest groups and parts of the Conservative party. The questions of where and why we need to build airport capacity remain urgent ones.
In this special View from 22 podcast, recorded before the announcement, The Spectator’s Fraser Nelson asks how Britain can best maintain its connectivity to the world. He is joined by Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye, Mail on Sunday Travel Editor Frank Barrett and British Chambers of Commerce Executive Policy Director Dr Adam Marshall to discuss what problems airport expansion will solve, why we need more flights and where they should go, whether air travel benefits the whole of the UK – as well as the thousands of new jobs and billions of pounds of economic benefits that are jeopardised by indecision.
This podcast was sponsored by Heathrow Airport