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UK economy must come before political convenience

Responding to the UK Government's decision to delay its response to the Airports Commission until the summer of next year, Liz Cameron, Director and Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said:

"Many Scottish businesses will be extremely frustrated at the Government's latest delay in taking a decision on airport capacity in the South East of England. The UK's international aviation connectivity is creaking at the seams and it is long overdue that we invested in our airport infrastructure.

"Whilst our direct connectivity from Scottish airports is growing, there is a real need to enhance Scotland's links to London and to develop Heathrow and Gatwick's capacity to connect us with markets that cannot be served from Scotland directly.

"We look to our Governments to provide leadership and our connectivity is an area which should be above politics. However, this Government has prevaricated and procrastinated repeatedly on this issue for years and we need a decision now that will allow our airports to invest in the infrastructure that will help deliver future economic growth.

"Heathrow, Gatwick and our Scottish airports have waited far too long for this government to take the decisions that need to be made. It's time that government put the UK economy first, before political convenience."