05 June 2018
DUP Parliamentary Party Leader Nigel Dodds MP has welcomed the decision by the Government to support the expansion of Heathrow Airport.
DUP Deputy Leader, Leader of the DUP Parliamentary Party, Spokesman on Reform and Constitutional issues and Foreign Affairs
Commenting on the announcement Mr Dodds said,
“The DUP has been longstanding supporters of a third runway at Heathrow, given its importance to Northern Ireland. Heathrow acts as a key route for access to London, mainland Europe and other important markets.
Our connectivity to global business and inward tourism markets is dependent on the high frequency, economic and easy to use connections to international flights through a hub airport such as Heathrow.
As one of Europe’s largest projects, the benefits of the expansion will be huge for Northern Ireland, with up to 5,000 new jobs and £5bn of economic growth predicted in Northern Ireland alone.
Later this month, Arlene Foster will address the Heathrow Business Summit which is being held in Northern Ireland for the first time. This will provide a unique opportunity for our SMEs to connect and trade with the airport’s major suppliers.
We are pleased that six sites across Northern Ireland are in the running to become a logistics hub for the expansion project. We will continue to work with Heathrow to ensure the case is made for these sites.
The expansion of Heathrow is in the clear interests of Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom as a whole. We have worked hard to ensure Northern Ireland reaps the benefits of this national asset.
We look forward to an early vote in the House of Commons to help continue to build a better and stronger economy for everyone in Northern Ireland.”