The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has criticised the government for delaying a call for evidence on aviation capacity until the autumn.
Although the government published its Aviation Policy Framework yesterday (July 12th), the issue of how to increase capacity will not be dealt with until after the consultation period. The CBI described the move as "disappointing".
"Everyone understands this is a difficult issue, and not one with any easy answers," said John Cridland, the CBI's director-general.
"However, political deadlock is getting us nowhere, and every day the UK is losing out to its European rivals on new routes to growing markets."
Transport secretary Justine Greening recently called for an end to the "pub-style debate" on the issue, with widespread disagreement on whether Heathrow should get an extra runway.
Other options which have been put forward include a brand new facility in the Thames Estuary dubbed 'Boris Island' and developing Stansted.
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