Heathrow expansion is 'urgent', says airport boss John Holland-Kaye

The chief executive spoke at the British Chamber of Commerce's conference

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Heathrow's chief executive has said that MPs' dithering on airport expansion was "just the British way of making decisions" - but he told the British Chamber of Commerce "it is time to get on with" expanding the airport.

At the BCC’s annual conference, John Holland-Kaye told of British exporters struggling to get live langoustines to Singapore and to sell chocolate to Mexicans because Heathrow is full and cannot add routes.

He added: "We need to make the right choice to secure the prosperity we have enjoyed for future generations.

"This is a competition Britain could win - Heathrow is the best-located hub in the world, with 95 per cent of the global economy within range of a direct flight - [but] the UK is starting to fall behind.

"Dubai is overtaking Heathrow in the number of international passengers carried and Paris with more long-haul destinations."

Holland-Kaye concluded that British politicians "put off difficult decisions" as long as they could but expanding Heathrow "is now urgent. It is time to get on with it".