Published on : Tuesday, September 23, 2014
In his headline speech at Labour Party Conference today, Ed Balls committed Labour to taking urgent action on Airport Capacity after the Davies Commission reports, balancing the need for expansion with environmental concerns.
ABTA’s Head of Public Affairs, Stephen D’Alfonso said:
‘It is very positive to hear the Shadow Chancellor recognise that urgent action on airport capacity must be taken once Sir Howard Davies has delivered his recommendation. This follows on from comments made by the Shadow Transport Secretary Mary Creagh yesterday at a Labour Conference fringe event organised by ABTA and industry partners where she too affirmed Labour’s commitment to sustainable growth in aviation.
As ABTA called for in our manifesto the need for capacity in the south east is urgent and will be vital to the competitiveness of our economy and our industry’s ability to keep delivering jobs and growth. As we have said consistently, political consensus will be fundamental and so we will be watching closely to see what further support we can expect from Conservatives and Liberal Democrats as they host their conferences in the coming weeks.”