Eighteen months ago I wrote in the Brecon and Radnor Express endorsing the Government’s plans for a third runway at Heathrow Airport.
I am pleased to say that the Cabinet has now committed to the expansion of Heathrow and this will go to a vote in the coming weeks.
When I wrote about this issue eighteen months ago, I pointed out that. Currently Britain is in drastic need of extra air capacity in the South East of England. With Heathrow operating at 98 per cent of capacity for more than a decade, while Gatwick is also approaching its limits.
In recent years Heathrow has been overtaken by Dubai International as the world’s busiest airport. A third runway could increase capacity from 480,000 to 740,000 flights a year.
I do understand some people have concerns about Heathrow expansion. The fact that some people’s homes may be demolished in order to build the runway is very sad indeed. I have been reassured that the Government have evaluated all other options and Heathrow expansion is the most economically favourable option to fix our air capacity problem.
However, we must look at the positives, Heathrow Expansion will send a message to the world. This is extremely important as many are trying to talk this nation down post-Brexit and we need to make sure that we send the right global message. That Britain is open for business.
Wales has the opportunity to hugely benefit from Heathrow Expansion. The more business and tourism we can attract through expanding Heathrow, the more business and tourism we can attract to Wales. Brecon and Radnorshire’s biggest industry is now tourism, many tourists come to the UK to travel around, firstly to London then further afield, and our national park has become one of the jewels in the crown of the British tourism industry.