Scottish Chambers of Commerce have condemned the announcement by the Transport Secretary that the UK Government is to delay making a decision on airport expansion in the South East of England until at least October.
Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said:
“This announcement of a further delay in making a decision on airport expansion in the UK could not have come at a worse moment. At a time when business is expecting our Government to show leadership and clear direction, it is economic illiteracy to create a further lengthy delay to one of Britain’s most important transport infrastructure priorities.
“Wherever airport expansion ultimately takes place, that decision should be made now. We have major private sector business investment in our economy ready to go but the opportunity is being lost due to the Government’s delay. The UK and Scotland are losing out on key international air routes to markets across the globe. Capacity constraints have also adversely affected Scotland’s connectivity to onward long haul air services, hampering our business competitiveness.
“Failing to invest in the UK’s international connectivity at this time is simply inexcusable and we call for the UK Government to reconsider its position urgently.”