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Commenting on the creation of an independent commission to review aviation capacity, Robert Sinclair, Chief Executive Officer of Bristol Airport, said:
“It is important that the independent commission looks beyond London when considering how to make best use of existing runway capacity. The UK’s regional airports handled 86 million passengers in 2011 and Department for Transport forecasts predict this number will grow to 150 million by 2030, by which point all London airports will be at full capacity. Even if consensus can be reached on a solution to capacity constraints in the South East, it will be many years before new runways or airports in London are operational.
“A strong London airport system is of national importance, but regional airports should not play second fiddle to those in the South East. By taking a fresh view of the UK airports sector and resisting emotive arguments about hub capacity there is an opportunity to make best use of existing capacity and rebalance the economy at the same time.”
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