Business chiefs have called on ministers to end "decades of dithering" and expand UK airport capacity.
The industrial leaders, joined by MPs, said failure to commit to airport expansion risked condemning the UK to being a second-rate economy until at least 2040. The warning came at the launch of Let Britain Fly - a campaign aimed at pressurising MPs to avert the UK’s “looming air capacity crunch”.
It calls on all major parties to include a commitment to tackle the problem in their manifestos for the 2015 general election.
This would mean a commitment to act following the findings of the Whitehall-appointed Airports Commission, led by former Financial Services Authority chief Sir Howard Davies, which is due to make its final report in summer 2015.
Leading firms that have thrown their weight behind Let Britain Fly include Associated British Foods, Boots UK, Dixons, John Lewis, Land Securities, Lloyds Banking Group, Hilton Worldwide and Next. Also backing the campaign are House of Commons Transport Committee chairman Louise Ellman, Commons 1922 Committee chairman Graham Brady as well as a number of other MPs.