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Stansted Can Boost International Trade Says British Chamber Of Commerce

23 Aug 2012

The Director General of the British Chamber of Commerce, John Longworth, says Stansted Airport can play an important role in boosting international trade and connectivity in support of British business.

On a special visit to the UK’s fourth busiest airport, organised by the Essex Chamber of Commerce, Mr Longworth met with Stansted’s Managing Director, Nick Barton, to discuss a wide range of issues affecting aviation and businesses competitiveness including aviation policy, infrastructure investment, export opportunities and access to finance.

Commenting after the visit, John Longworth said:

“Stansted is a superb airport with world class infrastructure. It has a burgeoning air freight market and significant spare capacity to take more flights helping to boost international trade and connectivity which is vital to British business.  The UK desperately needs a coherent and comprehensive aviation policy for the short, medium and long term. Stansted clearly has a role to play.

Stansted’s Managing Director, Nick Barton, added:

“I’m delighted to have welcomed John Longworth to London Stansted Airport and have the opportunity to discuss the key issues affecting aviation and the UK economy.  Both the British and Essex Chambers recognise the vast contribution aviation makes to the British economy and Stansted is no different. As the third biggest airport in London, we are a major catalyst for growth and productivity, employing over 10,000 people and contributing £400 million to the regional economy.    

“With the permissions and facilities in place to serve 35 million passengers a year on our single runway, we can play a significant role in meeting the demand for point-to-point air travel in the capacity constrained south-east, helping to build the international trade links that are vital for British business and prosperity.”

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