Business support for Stansted enlargement

Hotel News - 22/03/2006

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London businesses have come out in favour of the expansion plans considered for Stansted Airport and would flock there to make use of the improved services, a new report suggests.

A poll by the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) reveals that 34 per cent of the capital's companies support the enlargement, which is rated as a higher priority than expansion at Gatwick (supported by 22 per cent) and Heathrow (25 per cent).

LCCI president Michael Cassidy said the findings should serve as a wake-up call to the government and aviation industry, after reports that London airports risk being caught up by hubs in Germany, Paris and the Netherlands as Europe's busiest gateways.

One sixth of company directors said they would think about shifting their services to Amsterdam or Paris if London airports did not offer sufficient commercial rewards.

'This report shows that large numbers of firms outside the sector are reliant on aviation and recognise the need for capacity to be expanded as soon as possible,' Mr Cassidy commented.

With commercial operations expected to make increasing use of the gateway, travellers should stay ahead of the game by looking online for the best booking deals on Stansted airport hotels.

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