Liz Maher Responds to News of the Heathrow Expansion

The government has approved a third runway at Heathrow to expand UK airport capacity.

Liz Maher, President of the South Wales Chamber of Commerce said:

“The Government has made the right decision for the whole of the United Kingdom. For Wales, Heathrow expansion could mean up to 8,400 new jobs and up to £6.2bn in economic benefit. With both electrification and a new dedicated spur of the Great Western Line, South Wales will be even more accessible to the UK’s hub airport. For our members, this means access to new markets across the globe – for the tourism industry and exporters alike. A major infrastructure project such as this is also welcome news for the steel industry here in South Wales and shows to the world that the UK remains open for business.


“Building one new runway however isn’t going to be enough to give the UK the aviation capacity it requires to trade with the world successfully. Work at Cardiff Airport to increase the number of flights and improve connectivity need to continue so that Wales can make the most from the expected growth in aviation.”


Please see below a link to the BBC News Website for  the Welsh Government view on this news:




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