Other countries are investing much more in their airport infrastructure than Britain, meaning the UK is falling behind, Heathrow airport has claimed.
The airport notes that Britain’s economic competitive advantage is at risk, and Dubai and other countries in Europe are being allowed to get ahead. Heathrow’s statement is in response to a report from The EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation for UK manufacturing companies. The report says that Britain’s long-term infrastructure needs should be handled by a new UK Infrastructure Authority, according to buyingbusinesstravel.com.
A spokesperson for Heathrow airport said: “This report is yet more evidence of the critical role infrastructure plays in the economic health of the UK. For 350 years Britain has been home to the world’s largest port or airport, with Heathrow providing the long-haul connectivity that has supported our trading position for decades.”
According to a recent EEF survey, three-quarters of manufacturers which export goods heavily state that airport infrastructure is important to finding new business opportunities. Moreover, aviation facilities are one of the main factors considered by half of foreign-owned manufacturing firms when they’re deciding on where to invest. Two-thirds of exporting manufacturers also state that investment in road access to ports and other international gateways is vital if their business is to grow, reports heathrowairport.com.