Armstrong welcomes Heathrow expansion plans

Alliance Infrastructure spokesperson Kellie Armstrong MLA has welcomed Parliament’s approval of a new runway for Heathrow Airport.

Ms Armstrong was speaking after two-thirds of MPs voted in favour of the £14 billion expansion.

“This issue has been a long-running one but Alliance has always vocally backed a third runway at Heathrow, recently writing to the Prime Minister urging support for such a move. I am pleased today’s vote went in favour of such a move,” she said.

“Heathrow is the UK’s main hub airport and having better connections will be of a benefit to all of us. The airport is our gateway to Europe, which will become even more important after Brexit, and the rest of the world.

“While it may be some time before the runway is actually built, I hope it will lead in the long-term to more jobs, more businesses and more tourists using the airport to connect to Northern Ireland.

“Alliance appreciates concerns the expansion may not be able to meet EU pollution limits, but we will continue to encourage the Government to make use of new technologies to ensure the project does not breach environmental standards.”

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