Press release

Government’s statement on airport capacity - comment from Lord Adonis, Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission

'I welcome the fact that the government has accepted the case for an extra runway at Heathrow or Gatwick...'

Commenting on the government’s statement on airport capacity, Andrew Adonis, Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission said,

I welcome the fact that the government has accepted the case for an extra runway at Heathrow or Gatwick, as recommended by the independent Airports Commission.

It is right that the decision should be taken on the basis of the latest data on environmental impacts, and the government has committed to complete this work by the summer.

It is vital that a decision on a new runway is now taken within months. A decision to go ahead in 2016 will make it possible to build the runway by 2030 as recommended by the Airports Commission, but any further delay beyond next summer will jeopardise jobs and growth.